Kamal Haasan is a one man cinema, from being a world class actor to a professional dancer, it's hard to find out things that Kamal cannot do when it comes to movies.
Kamal Haasan is known to have done films in almost all genres and played almost all characters from being an unemployed youth to an old woman. Many of his movies have been sent to the Oscars representing Indian movies but the actor is yet to impress the prestigious jury of The Academy Awards.
While Kamal Haasan's skill of selecting scripts had surprised everyone in the past, it still remains to be envied by his contemporaries. When most of his scripts have had originality, few movies have been inspired by Hollywood flicks.
We present to you a list of movies that has inspired Kamal Haasan, so much so that he has made those films in Tamil. For some movies he has acted in the lead role whereas others were produced by him.
Avvai Shanmughi (1996) shares the same plot with Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) where the protagonist transforms himself into an elderly woman to get back his daughter and wife. While Anbe Sivam (2003) is similar to Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) where two men of different characters are forced to accompany each other in their journey, Thenali (2000) can be called as a remake to What About Bob? (1991) as the plot, storyline and the climax are identical to each other.
Read on to know more about Kamal Haasan's movies that has been made after inheriting inspiration from Hollywood.
English : Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Tamil : Anbe Sivam (2003)
The striking similarities between the English and the Tamil flick is how Neal Page first considers Del Griffith to be the reason for his travelling woes and their never ending arguments. Like in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Madhavan first assumes that Kamal haasan has a family of his own and later realizes that Kamal doesn't have a family and invites him to join his family function where he introduces his family members.
English : Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Tamil : Avvai Shanmughi (1996)
There are a lot of similarities between these two movies. In Avvai Shanmughi, Kamal plays the role essayed by Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. The climax of Avvai Shanmughi differs from that of Mrs. Doubtfire but the plot remains to be the same.
English : What About Bob? (1991) Tamil : Thenali (2000)
Thenali's storyline is astonishingly similar to that of
What About Bob? From how the protagonist suffering from
multiple phobias follows his psychiatrist where he camps with his
family to how he steals the show in an interview which is
originally meant for the doctor.
Even the climax is strikingly similar where the hero is strapped with explosives calling it as a ''death therapy'' and how the hero overcomes his fears and places the explosives in the doctor's house thinking it to be a fake bomb used only to relieve him from his fears.
English : Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) Tamil : Guna(1991)
The similarity between these two movies is how a psychiatric
patient kidnaps a female in order to make her fall in love with
him. He believes his destiny is to marry her and father her
Though the rest of the plot differs, the characterization of the protagonist is similar.
English : Hardcore (1979) Tamil : Mahanadi (1994)
This film is about how the lead role who is a prosperous local businessman regains his lost daughter who is kidnapped and later becomes a victim of human trafficking. Though Mahanadi is adapted according to the Indian audience, the plot again remains to be the same.
English : Nine to Five (1980) Tamil : Magalir Mattum (1994)
Though Kamal Haasan has just done a guest role, the movie was produced and written by the actor himself. The similarity in this movie with Nine to Five is how three women manages to tie up their officer in his own house owing to his bad behaviour with them and increase the productivity in their office in his absence.
English : Green Card (1990) Tamil: Nala Damayanthi (2003)
Again like Magalir Mattum, this movie is written and produced by Kamal Haasan.The plot of this movie is very similar to that of Green Card where a foreigner marries a local resident to become a citizen of the country he intends to reside in.
English : The Bachelor (1999) Tamil: Pammal K. Sambandam (2002)
In Bachelor, the hero finds out that his recently-deceased grandfather's will says that he gets nothing of a multi-million dollar property unless he's married by 6:05pm on his 30th birthday. Sounds similar to the plot of Pammal K. Sambandam?
English : The Principal (1987) Tamil : Nammavar (1994)
A few of many similarities between these two movies are how the hero tries to get rid of narcotics trade within the campus and how he tries to fight against the most notorious student by literally engaging in a fight against him.
English : Butterflies Are Free (1972) Tamil : Raaja Paarvai (1981)
This classic is Kamal Haasan's 100th film and is an inspiration from Butterflies Are Free in which the protagonist is blind and how his relationship develops with the girl next door who eventually fall in love with each other.