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Bhoomi to PK: 10 Bollywood posters copied from Hollywood


The glittering world of Bollywood is famous for three things; Entertainment, Entertainment and Copycats. Yes! Nowadays Bollywood is suffering from a disease in which the writers, directors, artists are not able to work on original stories, original ideas. And this lack of innovation is leading Hindi film industry to the lowest level. We copy songs, movie stories, even camera angles and posters also. The booming film Industry of India owes a lot to Hollywood, from brilliant story lines to epic hairstyles, their innate quality of copying, twisting and modifying every Hollywood concept has only grown with time.

The poster for Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film ‘Bhoomi’ was released on June 29. And the uncanny resemblance of Bhoomi’s poster with Liam Neeson’s ‘Grey’ has given new fodder to some people. Meanwhile, Anubhav Sinha came out in support of Sanjay Dutt’s movie despite having no association with the project. However, this is not the first instance of a Bollywood poster being an exact copy of a Hollywood movie or video game posters. Here is a list of such posters:

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

The poster of ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ had fans go berserk. The poster tells about the battle that will take place, the rise of Devasena, the fall of Bhallald Deva and the killing of Baahubali by Kattappa. But apart from all these did you notice that it has a striking resemblance to Deepika Padukone’s ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ poster? However, it isn’t the first time that the ‘Baahubali’ team has copied a poster. The poster of Prabhas standing tall on an elephant is inspired by Tony Jaa’s ‘Ong Bak 2’ poster.

Ra One

The Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor-starrer ‘Ra One’ made headlines when its poster was released. The poster looked like a complete rip-off of famous Hollywood film ‘Batman Begins’ starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Ken Watanabe. The poster of ‘Ra.One’ was criticised for being heavily inspired from director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman Begins’.


Aamir Khan’s ‘Ghajini’ was undoubtedly a huge hit but when the poster of the movie was released, it made headlines for copying the poster from famous ‘Hulk’. The striking similarities of both the posters had disappointed Khan’s fans.

Captain Nawab

Emraan Hashmi unveiled the first look of his upcoming film ‘Captain Nawab’. The poster sees Emraan dressed in army gear. But on closer inspection, it appears that he plays a double agent of sorts as he can be seen wearing an Indian Army and Pakistani Army uniform. While the poster is intriguing, it received flack for being a rip-off or rather ‘inspired’ from a video game poster. The poster bears much resemblance to the ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ video games which also features similar soldiers sitting in a similar position with guns in both hands.

Bombay Velvet

The first romantic look of ‘Bombay Velvet’ couple, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor, became a centre of attraction because of its uncanny similarity with the ‘Barsaat’ poster which was released in 1949 which starred Ranbir’s late grandfather Raj Kapoor and Nargis. While one cannot deny that the poster’s idea has been lifted from the Raj Kapoor film, we wonder if Ranbir Kapoor did it intentionally to pay the legendary actor another tribute after ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, where he was seen sporting an ‘Awaara’ tattoo on his wrist.


The poster of Aamir Khan’s PK raised eyebrows and not just for the obvious reasons. The film’s poster bears an uncanny resemblance to a poster of an album cover of a Portuguese musician named Quim Barreiros. The PK poster has Aamir posing with an old transistor covering his modesty. The old album cover that was released way back in 1973 shows Quim holding nothing but an accordion to hide his bare essentials.

Happy New Year

Shah Rukh Khan’s movie never fails to create stir and the same thing happened when the poster of ‘Happy New Year’ released. The first look of the movie made noise for many reasons and one of them was how the poster was copied from ‘Cash’, a 2007 film directed by Anubhav Sinha which starred Ajay Devgn. Though the film had bombed at the box office, the poster of it brought it back in the limelight. As seen in the image above, the stellar star cast of the film is seen posing in a huge vault which is quite similar to the Ajay Devgn-starrer.

Ek Villain

Shraddha Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh starrer ‘Ek Villain’ did well at the box office but the film came under the radar of critics when a rather inspired poster of the film was released. The poster created a controversy when people started comparing it with ‘Step Up’. The poster features Shraddha Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra standing in the same pose as that of the lead pair in the ‘Step Up’. The second poster that had a half face of Sidharth on one side and Riteish on the other side with Shraddha in the middle, was also copied from movie ‘Face Off’ starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta.

Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara

Zoya Akhtar’s film ‘Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara’ have inspired a lot of us to take a memorable trip and holidays. But the film’s poster itself seems to be inspired by another film. From the poster of the film, it looks like it is copied from ‘Lords of Dogtown’. The ZNMD poster has a bare chested Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol walking together, while the poster of Lords of Dogtown has a similar look and feel.


Apart from the sizzling chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori in ‘Kites’, the next thing we cannot forget about the film is the poster. The poster of ‘Kites’ has Hrithik and Barbara in a sizzling pose. And interestingly, Hrithik’s film has taken a leaf out of one of Hollywood’s romantic film ‘The Notebook’, which stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.