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Did You Know These Bollywood Films Are Actually Copied From Korean Films

While some movies are called official remakes, others are simply lifted from the original one.


Did you know many of the hit Bollywood films have been copied from the hit Korean films?

It is not a hidden fact anymore that Bollywood loves remakes, remixes, and ripoffs. 

As the Korean wave sweeps across the entertainment world ever since Netflix’s K-drama series Squid Game became a massive hit, we thought people should know how Korean content is being copied.

There are a number of films that were exceptional copies of South Korean films made by big names of B-town.

Well, after going through the list, it is highly recommended to watch the original content. So that you can have a better understanding of the original flavour of the content.

Today, the Korean wave (Hallyu) has gained global popularity, from tv shows and films on media service platforms to pop artists’ videos and games and the original content can not be copied that easily in this digital era.

 Read more: #ZaalimaCocoCola- Bollywood unashamedly steals Pakistani song!

Check out the  Bollywood films that are copied from Korean movies:

The Outlaws (2009) into Radhe (2021)

Salman Khan’s Radhe is a ripoff of 2017  crime action-thriller The Outlaws, originally featuring Ma Dong-Seok and Yoon Kye-sang.

If you want to watch real action crime thriller, do watch the original The Outlaws.

Outlaws (2009) into Radhe (2021)


Ode to My Father (2014) into Bharat (2019)

the most recent another of Salman Khan’s movies ‘Bharat’  is an official remake of the South Korean film ‘An Ode To My Father’.

Bharat scored US$33 million at the box office worldwide, However, it failed to impress the critics.

Ode to My Father, directed by Yoon Je-Kyun is the fourth highest-grossing film in South Korean history. So that might have attracted the B-town filmmakers.

Ode to My Father (2014) into Bharat (2019)


Montage (2013) into Teen (2016)

Bollywood’s mystery thriller film written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta is an official remake of the 2013 South Korean film Montage.

Producer Sujoy Ghosh brought the rights for the remake of Bollywood’s version of drama-thriller and roped in veteran stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan.

Though the film was received well by the critics and audience but missed its Korean derivation.

Original, original he hota hai…

Montage (2013) into Teen (2016)


Seven Days (2007) into Jazbaa (2015)

The original Korean crime thriller features Kim Yun-jin as the lawyer-mother Yoo Ji-Yeon and her performance earned her the Grand Bell Award for best actress.

However, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan portraying the same character Indian remake failed miserably. Jazbaa managed to score just 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Seven Days (2007) into Jazbaa (2015)


I Saw The Devil (2010)  into Ek Villain (2014)

Filmmaker Mohit Suri’s romantic thriller film, ‘Ek Villain’ was inspired by the South Korean film, ‘I Saw The Devil’.

Bollywood film featured Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh in lead roles.

While the Indian makers gave a romantic tarka to the thriller, the original film is touted to be more violent starring Choi Min Shik, which is to date considered to be one of the best films ever made.

I Saw The Devil (2010)  into Ek Villain (2014)


The Man From Nowhere (2010)  into Rocky Handsome (2016)

John Abraham starrer ‘Rocky Handsome’ is the official remake of Lee Jeong-Beom’s film ‘The Man From Nowhere’.

The original film follows the story of a former secret agent who goes out in search of a missing girl.

The original film starring Won Bin and Kim Sae-Ron in the lead roles,  and was South Korea’s highest-grossing film in 2010.  

The Man From Nowhere (2010)  into Rocky Handsome (2016)


Lover’s Concerto (2002) into Barfi (2012)

One of the most appreciated films in Bollywood, Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi!’ starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Ileana D’Cruz, turns out to be a copy of the South Korean movie, ‘Lover’s Concerto’.

Directed by Lee Han, the original film starred Cha Tae-Hyun, Lee Eun-Ju, and Son Ye-jin.

Barvi received much appreciation from the critics and the audience alike.

But, Sab Gool Maal Hai!

Lover’s Concerto (2002) into Barfi (2012)


The Chaser (2008) into Murder 2 (2011)

Not many knew that the 2011 film Murder 2, a box-office psychological thriller film was inspired by a South Korean movie ‘The Chaser’.

Well here ‘inspired’ seems to be a decent selection of the world, perhaps ‘theft’ would be the right choice!

Korean movie ‘The Chaser’ is said to be inspired by real-life Korean serial killer Yoo Young-Chul.

The Chaser (2008) into Murder 2 (2011)


A Bittersweet Life (2005) into Awarapan (2007)

Yet another Emraan Hashmi starrer Awarapan was an unofficial remake of the South Korean film A Bittersweet Life, which was released in 2005.

The original film follows the story of a hitman who is asked to keep an eye on his boss’ mistress. However, when he learns that she is being exploited, he decides to rescue her from the clutches of his boss.

Lee Byung Hyun has flawlessly portrayed the conflict going on inside the character in the South Korean version, while Emraan Hashmi miserably failed to recreate the same magic.

A Bittersweet Life (2005) into Awarapan (2007)


Masquerade (2012) into Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)

No one would have thought that the hit film ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ that marked the return of the director-actor duo– Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan, was actually inspired by the South Korean movie, ‘Masquerade’.

However, there were no jumkhas and thumkas in the original period Korean film ‘Masquerade’  directed by Choo Chang-min.

Set in the Joseon era, it featured Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun and Ryu Seung-ryong, and Han Hyo-Joo in the lead roles, the film has been regarded as the top three K-films of all time.

You will find a striking resemblance, as a look-alike commoner (Lee Byung-hun) secretly takes the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Masquerade (2012) into Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)


Oldboy(2003) into Zinda (2006)

‘Oldboy’ is a neo-noir action thriller based on the story of a man, who sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and kept inside a cell for 15 years, unravelling some disturbing secrets in his journey.

The inspiration from the Oldboy led B-town filmmakers to create Zinda in 2006, starring Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham. 

And now read Zinda’s synopsis and mark the difference from the original, “After being held imprisoned in a room for 14 years, Balajeet Roy is suddenly released. Thereafter, he goes on a quest to look for the people who wronged him.”

We guess just a year’s difference but with some typical Bollywood masala!

Oldboy(2003) into Zinda (2006)


The Terror Live (2013) into upcoming Dhamaka

The yet-to-be-released Kartik Aaryan starrer is an official remake of the 2013 South Korean film The Terror Live.

The original Korean film revolves around an ambitious news anchorman who monopolizes the live broadcast of a terrorist attack following the explosion of Mapo Bridge on the Han River, as the story unfolds within the narrow confines of a radio booth.

Kartik is playing the role of the journalist in the Bollywood version, which is supposed to release on Netflix later this year.

The Terror Live (2013) into upcoming Dhamaka

God knows whats know better what is the actual number of rip-offs in Bollywood. Do let us know in the comments section below if you have watched any of these Korean original films and how would you rate these copied films.

Keep following this space as we will dig more about Bollywood in the future.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.