Sholay to Umrao Jaan: 9 Bollywood movies that should never have been remade

Bollywood loves paying tribute to its old movies by re-making them every now and then but we wish iconic movies like Sholay and a few others would not have been remade

With Varun Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 turning out to be a hit at the Box Office, there is a general consensus among viewers that the movie did justice to the 1997 Salman Khan-starrer Judwaa. Bollywood loves paying tribute to its old movies by re-making them, every now and then. We have seen iconic movies like Dilip Kumar’s Devdas and Amitabh Bachchan’s Don and Agneepath being remade by Bollywood filmmakers casting Shah Rukh Khan as Dev (Devdas) and Vijay (Don) and Hrithik Roshan as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan (Agneepath). But not every case is like that of Don, AgneepathJudwaa 2, and not all the movies are able to recreate the charm of the older versions.

There have been times when, in their attempt to pay an ode to the old classics, the remakes stand nowhere close to the originals and end up scarring the audience instead. Some of them might have been hits or been able to break even at the Box Office but they definitely could not match up to their ‘inspiration’.

From Sholay to Golmaal, we wish Bollywood directors would never have touched these movies. Here’s a list of 9 Bollywood classics that were ruined in their new versions:

1. Padosan (1968) vs Nayee Padosan (2003)

Every millennial would remember this classic Kishore Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Saira Bano and Mahmood comedy. B H Tharunkumar decided to remake it with the whole new bunch of stars like Mahak Chahal, Vikas Kalantri, Anuj Sawhney and Aslam Khan. In case, you are wondering who these people are, the feeling very well summarizes the point we are making here.

Padosan Nayee Padosan

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2. Bombay to Goa (1972) vs Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited (2007)

Starring Mahmood, Aruna Irani and Amitabh Bachchan, Bombay to Goa (IMDb rating: 6.9) cannot be called a hit but was a good performer but then Sunil Pal and Raju Srivastava’s Journey Bombay to Goa (IMDb rating: 4.1) happened, which shouldn’t have happened.

Bombay To Goa

Image Source: IMDb

PS: Don’t forget to appreciate the amazing movie poster

3. Zanjeer  (1973) vs Zanjeer (2013)

Angry young man, Amitabh Bachchan arrived in Bollywood with Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer (IMDb rating: 7.7) and Ram Charan arrived and vanished with the remake. The new Zanjeer‘s IMDb rating stands at 3.2, which explains a lot. BTW, the new Zanjeer also starred Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt.


4. Sholay (1975) vs Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (2007)

This one is a big question mark and a blot on the face of the entire Bollywood fraternity. Because, in the first place no one should have ever fiddled with a movie like Sholay (IMDb rating: 8.3), and even if someone decided to make it all over again, the remake should never be so crass that the IMDb rating falls to 1.9. Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag did just that.

Sholay RGV ki Aag

5. Golmaal (1979) vs Bol Bachchan (2012)

Bollywood is totally answerable for ruining this classic with something like Bol Bachchan (IMDb rating: 5.5), which is said to be ‘inspired’ by Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt’s superhit Golmaal (IMDb rating: 8.6).

Golmaal Bol Bachchan

6. Karz (1980) vs Karzzz (2008)

However mean it may sound, we just feel like laughing at this one because Himesh Reshammiya-starrer Karzzz (IMDb rating: 2.1) stands nowhere close to Rishi Kapoor’s Karz (IMDb rating: 7.6), even with those extra Z’s.

Karz Karzzz

7. Umrao Jaan (1981) vs Umrao Jaan (2006)

Every millennial has watched these two beautiful actresses as Umrao Jaan onscreen and we don’t think even one person would differ from the fact that Rekha in and as Umrao Jaan (IMDb rating: 7.9) was many notches higher than Aishwarya Rai in Umrao Jaan (IMDb rating: 5.5). Aishwarya just could not bring out that intensity and depth that was needed in Umrao’s character.

Umrao Jaan

8.  Chashme Baddoor (1981) vs Chashme Baddoor (2013)

1981 classic starring Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval, Chashme Baddoor was a comedy-drama, which was remade in 2013 by David Dhawan but totally failed to impress the audience. IMDb rating of old Chashme Baddoor is 8.0 whereas the new one starring Tapsee Pannu, Ali Zafar and Siddharth only manages a 5.4

Chashme Baddoor

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9. Hero (1983) vs Hero (2015)

Jackie Shroff achieved stardom with his second movie, Subhash Ghai’s Hero (IMDb rating: 6.7). Popular director Nikhil Advani decided to make a new version of the movie starring Suraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. The nation wants to know, why?


(Also read: Internet discusses 7 Bollywood movies which came with high expectations but turned out to be flops)

The list is not exhaustive. Share your suggestions in the comments section below.