Movies ruined by remakes!

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Filmmakers love remaking films and presenting them to us with their own touch. Sometimes, this rendering works, but most of the times, the audience is left with half-baked stories, patchy plotlines, and terrible characterizations. Keeping the myriad of films that follow the same, we present to you the top 5 film remakes that, according to us, were the worst of the lot:

  1. Psycho

Movies ruined by remakes
Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot, line-for-line, inflection-for-inflection facsimile of Hitchcock’s slasher-shock masterpiece is a remake that was instantly and universally reviled, yet it’s worth noting just what an audacious project it was. It was like a science-fiction experiment: If enough care is taken in the lab, can a classic old movie literally be recreated? The answer turned out to be no, and the movie itself stands as the Frankenstein’s monster of remakes; it walks, it talks, it kind of looks like something alive — but really, it’s an un-dead thing. That said, there was an undeniable element of value to what Van Sant did. Now, no one ever has to try it again!

  1. Aag

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When you think of a failed attempt at a Bollywood remake, your mind automatically goes to Ram Gopal Varma’s Aag that was supposedly the unauthorized remake of cult classic Sholay. What annoyed the audience most, was the fact that there were so many unnecessary changes made to the film. When you have something as amazing as Sholay you should know better than to try remaking it. The film flopped and had people questioning Amitabh Bachchan for even considering agreeing to act in this film. The film was a lesson to all filmmakers; if something is not ruined, do not try fixing it.

  1. The Haunting

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When you talk of horror films, there are n-number of things that can go wrong with making one. What probably is more difficult however, is remaking a hit horror film. We have borne witness to a bunch of horror film remakes where the only ‘horror’ was how terribly the film had been rendered. One of the top contenders of this list was the 1999 version of The Haunting. This Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson starrer conveniently left out all good things from the original 1963 film, scaring its audience, but for all wrong reasons. Oh! The horror.

  1. Players

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It is an official remake of the 2003 Hollywood blockbuster, The Italian Job.  The film follows the same plot as the 2003 version, but with a new set of characters and incidents. Despite the huge budget and major hype behind this Abbas-Mustan make, the film bombed at the box office and was an utter disappointment to all.

  1. Planet of the Apes

Movies ruined by remakes

You know a movie is going to be out-of-the-box and exciting when it is made by Tim Burton, but the director failed to remake Planet of the Apes. His version simply is not even close to the quality of the original that starred Charleton Heston. Many Burton fans were disappointed with the remake and expected something grander, something memorable, as the original is still considered to be appealing to the current generations.

Dialogues that make Bollywood filmy!

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Dialogues are the essence of any film. Whether or not a film stays with you, depends on the power of its dialogues, and Bollywood seems to never fail at delivering this to its audience. We have gathered dialogues from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s era that are enumerated even today, by adults and children alike. Let’s just say that these are a few of the many filmy dialogues from the pre-2000’s era of Bollywood. We will be back with a follow-up article kyun ki, picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!

Deewar (1975)

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Aaj mere paas gaadi hai, bungla hai, paisa hai… tumhare paas kya hai?” Amitabh Bachchan.
“Mere paas, mere paas… Maa hai…,” Shashi Kapoor.

Sholay (1975)

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“Kitne aadmi thhe?”asked Gabbar Singh, and a million fans stood up to applaud. To whom did Amjad Khan address this? Arre-o-Sambha!

Yaddon ki Baraat (1973)

kutte kaminey main tera khoon pee jaunga

“Kutte, kameene, main tera khoon pee jaoonga,” says Dharmendra. The first of a zillion films where the hero threatened the villain with canines!

Shahenshah (1988)

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“Rishte mein to hum tumhare baap lagte hain, naam hai Shahenshah,” Amitabh Bachchan’s famous signature line.

Pakeezah (1972)

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“Aapke paon dekhe, bahut haseen hai. Inhe zameen par mat utariyega, maile ho jayenge,” Raj Kumar in a note addressed to Meena Kumari, after admiring her feet as she sleeps in a train compartment.

Devdas (1955)

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“Kaun kambakht bardaasht karne ko peeta hai? Main toh peeta hoon ke bas saans le saku,” Dilip Kumar, playing the alcoholic unanonymous.

Namak Halal (1982)

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“I can talk English, I can walk English, I can run English… because English is a very phunny language,” Amitabh Bachchan.

Amar Prem (1971)

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“Pushpa, I hate tears… inhe ponch dalo,” said Rajesh Khanna to Sharmila Tagore; a dialogue that soon would be said across the country, every time a loved one shed a tear.

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)

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“Senorita, Bade bade shehron mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hain,” Shah Rukh Khan. The dialogue became so popular that it was a part of US President, Barack Obama’s speech when he visited India.

Mr. India (1987)

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“Mogambo khush hua,” Amrish Puri in a line that made Indian villains!

Kalicharan (1976)

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“Saara sheher mujhe Loin ke naamse jaanta hai,” Ajit.

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)

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“Dosti ka ek usool hai madam; no sorry, no thank you,” Salman Khan to a very innocent Bhagyashree, that went on to make every youth in the country own a ‘FRIEND’ baseball cap.

Baazigar (1993)

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“Kabhi kabhi kuch jeetne ke liye kuch harna bhi padta hai, aur haar kar jeetnay wale ko baazigar kehte hain,” Shah Rukh Khan, setting the patent excuse that would be used every time somebody fails at a task.

Damini (1993)

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“Taarikh pe taarikh.. Taarikh pe taarikh…taarikh pe taarikh aur taarikh pe taarikh milti rahi hai… Lekin insaaf nahi mila me lord, insaaf nahi mila… Mili hai to sirf ye taarikh,” Sunny Deol

Don (1978)

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“Don ka intezaar toh 11 mulko ki police kar rahi hai, magar Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin namumkin hai,” Amitabh Bachchan

Sholay (1975)

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“Basanti! In kutto ke samne mat nachna,” Dharmendra with yet another canine mention.

Damini (1993)

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“Ye dhai kilo ka hath jab kisi pe padta hai na, to aadmi uthta nahi uth jata hai,” Sunny Deol.

Deewar (1975)

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“Main aaj bhi pheke hue paise nahi uthata hoon,” Amitabh Bachchan.

Sholay (1975)

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“Itna sannata kyun hai, bhai?,” said A.K. Hangal, setting the trend of saying this dialogue to break an awkward silence.

Sharaabi (1984)

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“Mooche ho toh Nathulalji jaisi, warna na ho,” Amitabh Bachchan. Seems like Big B got all the power-packed dialogues of this era!

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As Sholay 3D opens in cinemas tomorrow, we look bac at the actors who used the blockbuster as a springboard for Bollywood success.

Sholay

Amitabh Bachchan Then

When Sholay released on August 15th 1975, Amitabh Bachchan was Indian cinema’s angry young man. He had delivered just couple of hits – Zanjeer and Deewar. He was still some time away from the ‘Big B’ tag and was still an emerging star on the Bollywood horizon. In fact, was still playing second fiddle to Rajesh Khanna.

Amitabh Bachchan Now

Amitabh is now synonymous with the Hindi film industry. He has successfully invented and reinvented himself innumerable times since Sholay.

But for a while, things didn’t go as planned: a succession of films bombed, endorsements dried up and by the turn of the millennium, Bachchan found himself $20 million in debt кредитная карта ренессанс. Today he is an icon: a man who almost lost everything and then, like a Phoenix, rose from the ashes.  At 70+, Amitabh Bachchan is a greater icon than he was at the height of his career, four decades ago.

Dharmendra Then

Dharmendra was the star then. He was also ranked as one of India’s 10 best looking men by Time magazine. Dharmendra was an established actor and had already impressed critics with his superlative performances, especially in Satyakam. He was known for his versatile performances in Bandini, Chupke Chupke, Blackmail and Jugnu. Sholay only went on to strengthen what was already established: that he had superb comic timing and was a natural with action sequences.

Dharmendra Now

Over the years Dharmendra has retreated from the limelight. But there have been hints at a comeback. Taking a cue from his Sholay co-star, Dharmendra has attempted to reinvent himself with films like Metro, Apne, and Yamla Pagla Deewana. However, he has failed to make a mark.

Hema Malini Then

In the 1970s Hema Malini was a much sought-after star. She was the heartthrob of millions of filmgoers. She set pulses racing, not only of the ordinary fan but also of her co-stars. Her good looks had already earned her the nickname of ‘dream girl’. Hema Malini was also a successful actresses – she had already delivered such blockbuster hits as Johnny Mera Naam and Seeta Aur Geeta. In Sholay she showcased her comic talent with gusto.

Hema Malini Now

Hema Malini in Veer Zara

Over the years, Hema Malini receded from the limelight, as family took centerstage. She took a long break from films before she made come back with Amitabh Bachchan in Baghban. But she seems to be hamstrung by Bollywood’s stereotype machine that believes that women over 45 are only fit to play mothers. She has become an active politician and is a member of the BJP.

Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan Then

In 1975 Jaya Bhaduri was already a household name. She made her debut in  Satyajit Ray’s Mahanagar and had gone on to impress audiences and  critics alike with her performances in Guddi, Piya Ka Ghar, Parichay, Koshish and Anamika. Jaya was considered to be the source of inspiration for Amitabh Bachchan’s first hit, Zanjeer.

Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan Now

Today, Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is the matriarch of Bollywood’s first family. Like other Indian actresses she took a long sabbatical to focus on her family. Then in 1998, she made a comeback with Govind Nihalani’s Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa. But from then on she has been restricted to playing mothers in Fiza, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. However, she is all set to break free of this cliché with her next film, a Bangladeshi venture, Meherjaan.

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