Is ‘Knight And Day’ Going Bollywood?

Anil Kapoor and Tom Cruise at the Dubai premiere of 'Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol.'

‘Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol’ red carpet photo courtesy of wwwTheMovieBit.com

When Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol opened in December 2011, Tom made a surprise visit to India.  (The photo is from the Dubai International Film Festival in United Arab Emirates).  Accompanied by legendary Bollywood co-star Anil Kapoor (also seen in Academy Award winning Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire), and followed by thousands of cheering fans, Tom was humbled by his first taste of the passion of Indian movie fans. Watch a clip of his visit below.

Until Tom can return, Bollywood has planned for the next best thing; a remake of Tom’s action-adventure-comedy hit, ‘Knight and Day.’  But this time it will star Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan.

For those who don’t know, Bollywood is the name for the world’s largest movie making capital.  That’s right, Hollywood IS NOT the movie making capital of the world.  Located in Mumbai (formally known as Bombay), India, the Bollywood studios churn out over 800 films each year.  That’s more than double the number of feature films produced in the United States. (Source: About.com)  According to writer Matt Rosenberg, fourteen million Indians go to the movies on a daily basis (about 1.4% of the population of 1 billion) and pay the equivalent to the average Indian’s day’s wages (US $1-3).

A Bollywood film usually adheres to a traditional dramatic form called a Masala.  This includes a happy ending, a boy meets girl plot (but no kissing or sexual contact), songs and dances, action sequences (though no bloodshed), and at least 3 hours long (with an intermission).  We are very curious to see how Knight and Day will translate!

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To play Tom’s romantic action hero role of Roy Miller will be Hrithik Roshan.  The son of famous Bollywood filmmaker, Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik burst onto the scene in 2000 with the hit film, ‘Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai.  Since then, he has been credited with evolving the Hindi hero from the short, fat with a limited dramatic range archetype to a new standard of being athletic, strong in body and soul, as well as a great dancer (Bollywood stars must be able to dance).  See him in action in his hit 2011 music video for ‘Doob Jaa (Just Dance).’


This won’t be the first time a Hollywood hit was remade by Bollywood.  You’d be surprised how many of your favorites have found their way to India; from Harry Potter to Will Smith’sHitch,’ the Bollywood movie making machine has found success (and some failure) with reinterpreting their Hollywood counterparts.  Here are five remakes that intrigued us here at TeamTC.

1.  Bonnie & Clyde (US 1967) became Bunty And Babli (2005)

Bonnie and ClydeBunty and Babli

Even though the Bollywood film genre hit its stride in the 70′s and 80′s, it’s never too late to look back into American film (and historical) history.  Two vicious American FBI outlaws are now two exuberant lovers.  Compare the two movie posters and it should give you an idea of how serious Bollywood filmmakers are in sticking to their successful movie making formula.

2.  Fatal Attraction (US 1987) became Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001)

Fatal AttractionPyaar Tune Kya Kiya

Though not a scene for scene remake of director Adrian Lyne‘s work in the harrowing Glenn Close and Michael Douglas thriller, the Hindi version knew what part of the plot to keep.  Actress Urmilla Matondkar was nominated in 2002 for several screen awards for her villainous portrayal of Ria Jaiswal (originally Alex Forest).  Does anyone know if she still boiled the rabbit?!

3.  The Usual Suspects (US 1995) became Chocolate (2005)

The Usual SuspectsChocolate

We’re not 100% sure director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie (writer/director of the upcoming ‘Jack Reacher‘) were aware their brilliant crime thriller was being remade.  But the Hindi version did attempt their own spin.  The setting was moved to London, England.  Though the plot was similar, it added a cultural layer unique to the audience; can these seemingly hapless Indian’s living abroad find a better life for themselves?

4.  Clueless (US 1995) became Aisha (2010)

CluelessAisha

To be fair, ‘Clueless‘ is a modern day spin on Jane Austin‘s romantic novel, ‘Emma.’  Since that is in the public domain, anyone can make a film version. But the youthful portrayal of Aisha Kapoor by popular actress Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) according to many critics and film buffs shared quite a few similarities to Alicia Silverstone’s hilarious matchmaking character of Cher.  We invite you to watch the movie and decide for yourself.

5.  Collateral (US 2004) became The Killer (2006)

CollateralThe Killer

Bollywood’s love of remaking Tom Cruise movies didn’t start with ‘Knight and Day.’  The most recent example was the thrilling crime drama where Tom portrays a contract killer who hijacks a taxi (with Academy Award Best Supporting Actor nominee Jamie Foxx at the wheel).  We have to admit, we’re not so sure this one begs for songs and dances.

Have you seen any of these five Bollywood remakes?  Have you ever seen any of the other many Bollywood remakes?  Better still, what other Tom Cruise movies would you like to see get the Bollywood remake?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sources: http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/hindi/article/86410.html

http://www.totalfilm.com/features/7-bollywood-remakes-of-hollywood-films

http://www.toptenz.net/10-bollywood-movies-that-are-blatant-hollywood-rip-offs.php

http://www.imdb.com/list/hrbeYoc9BDw/

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