There are different kinds of movies in the first place. First, that see a lot of hard work in terms of story, screenplay, dialogues, characters, location, music etc. Second, movies that are heavily influenced by the First kind. Third, that somehow, and God knows how manage to amalgamate the first two.

So friends, presenting to you three such movies. Here you go:   

Roman Holiday, the rom-com released in1953 stars Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley, a news reporter and Audrey Hepburn as Anne, a wealthy young woman who sneaks out of the embassy of her country, which is not mentioned. Enters Cupid - Joe and Anne meet and spend some splendid moments together. Anne eventually discovers her inner self while she explores the city of Rome in the company of Joe and transforms into a different, mellow person altogether.  

So far so good!

Three years later, i.e. in 1956, Raj Kapoor and Nargis starrer Chori Chori hits the screens. And wow, it's Roman Holiday revisited! Yes dear friends, this Anant Thakur directed film was tightly based on Roman Holiday. In Chori Chori, Nargis plays the part of Anne while naturally, Raj Kapoor is our desi Joe.

Wait! There's more . . .

Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin comes out in 1991. This Mahesh Bhatt directed movie was a hit. Maybe because of a different treatment given to the original plot. Pooja Dharamchand, played by Pooja Bhatt, is the daughter of a rich businessman who flees from her yacht and boards a bus where she meets Raghu Jetley, played by Aamir Khan.

I strongly recommend that you catch the movies in reverse order. Criticism apart, both Chori Chori and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin boast of very melodious soundtracks which are really mesmerising. The performances are also pretty decent.

But in the end, the tag of 'copy' remains.

PS: This write-up is for information and fun purpose only.

- Tahir Qureshi/ JPN

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