Upcoming Bollywood romantic thriller Ek Villain (The Villain), starring Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor, is guilty of a little more than heart-stealing. Just ask Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum from Touchstone Pictures' 2006 romantic dance drama Step Up.
'Anjaani Anjaani' vs. 'An Education'
Directed by Siddharth Anand, Anjaana Anjaani (Strangers) is a romantic caper set in New York and San Francisco, starring Ranbir Kapoor and actress-turned-pop-star Priyanka Chopra. Suspiciously, it was filmed on location in the U.S. in 2009 -- right around the time the Nick Hornby adaptation An Education was appearing in American cinemas.
'Murder 2' vs. 'Antichrist'
One would have thought Lars von Trier's erotic horror romp AntiChrist an improbable candidate for imitation. Yet, Indian director Mohit Suri's Murder 2 copied his creepy trees and found success at the Indian box office.
'Murder 3' vs. 'Jennifer's Body'
And then the third installment in the Murder franchise committed uncredited imitation most foul yet again -- this time stealing Megan Fox's lips from the Jennifer's Body poster. The impulse is understandable.
'Phoonk 2' vs. 'The Chaser'
Bollywood isn't only taking cues from Hollywood: The poster for director Milind Gadagkar's Phoonk 2 found its template in the art for Korean film The Chaser.
'Creature 3D' vs. 'Jeepers Creepers'
Upcoming Indian horror feature Creature 3D (2014), starring Bipasha Basu and Pakistani actor Imran Abbas, appears to have taken a furtive peek or two at the poster for Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers (2001).
'Hisss' vs. 'King Arthur'
Replace sword with scantily clad actress: done. We expected better from the progeny of David Lynch. Hisss (2010) was the Indian film directing debut of Jennifer Lynch; the film performed poorly, and its troubled shoot became the subject of Lynch's documentary Despite the Gods.
'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' vs. 'Lords of Dogtown'
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, a coming-of-age road movie filmed mostly in Spain by director Zoya Akhtar, proved a Bollywood box-office hit.
'Ra.One' vs, 'Batman Begins'
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's big-budget, VFX-heavy superhero project Ra.One looked to one of Hollywood's most consistently bankable superheroes for a little inspiration.
'Mausam' vs. 'Titanic'
Romantic drama Mausam (2011), about two star-crossed lovers played by Sonam Kapoor and actor Shahid Kapoor, took cues from Leo and Kate.
'Rowdy Rathore' vs. 'The Replacement Killers'
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar featured in this 2012 action caper helmed by choreographer director Prabhudeva. The art for Antoine Fuqua's 1998 directorial debut, which starred Chow Yun-fat and Mira Sorvino, seems to be its source material.
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