New Delhi: Vidya Balan-starrer Begum Jaan that releases this week is a remake of director Srijit Mukherji’s own Bengali film Rajkahini (2015). Over the years, Bengal has provided much fodder for Hindi cinema. Here are 10 popular Bollywood flicks that were remakes of Bengali films.
1.Balika Badhu (1976): The Shakti Samanta film was based on a Bengali novel and remade from a Bengali film, both by the same name as the Hindi movie, revolving around a child couple who gradually fall in love. The romantic comedy starred Sachin and Rajni Sharma in lead roles.
2.Chupke Chupke (1975): Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s classic comedy was a remake of Bengali film Chhadmabeshi. The film, starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore, netted Rs1 crore at the box office.
3.Kora Kagaz (1974): Director Anil Ganguly’s drama starring Jaya Bhaduri in the lead role was a remake of the 1963 Bengali film Saat Pake Bandha, featuring Suchitra Sen. The Hindi film grossed a little over Rs1 lakh at the box office.
4.Bawarchi (1972): Director Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film, starring Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bhaduri, was inspired by Bengali film Galpa Holeo Satyi (1966) by Tapan Sinha. It was later remade in Tamil as Samayalkaaran and twice in Kannada—first as Sakala Kala Vallabha starring Shashikumar and then as #73, Shaanthi Nivaasa with Sudeep.
5.Amar Prem (1971): The Shakti Samanta-directed film about a little boy ill-treated by his stepmother who is befriended by a neighbourhood prostitute was a remake of Bengali film Nishi Padma (1970). The Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore-starrer made Rs1.8 crore at the box office.
6.Mere Apne (1971): Gulzar’s directorial debut was a remake of National Award-winning Bengali film Apanjan (1968). The Meena Kumari-starrer, which released a few months after the actor’s death, earned Rs75 lakh in box office collections.
7.Khamoshi (1969): Director Asit Sen’s black-and-white drama about a nurse who falls in love with her patient was remade from his own Bengali film Deep Jwele Jaai (1959). The film featuring Rajesh Khanna and Waheeda Rehman made Rs1.28 crore at the box office.
8.Majhli Didi (1967): The Hrishikesh Mukherjee-directed film was a remake of Bengali movie Mejdidi (1950). Based on a Bengali language story, the film starring Meena Kumari and Dharmendra was India’s official entry to the Academy Awards that year.
9.Mamta (1966): Director Asit Sen’s film featuring Suchitra Sen in a double role was a remake of his own National Award-winning Bengali film Uttar Falguni (1963), also starring Sen. The film dealing with middle class fears and conflict grossed Rs1.20 crore in box office collections.
10.Kabuliwala (1961): The film based on a Rabindranath Tagore story was earlier made as a Bengali film by the same name directed by Tapan Sinha. Featuring Balraj Sahni and Usha Kiran in lead roles, the film grossed Rs80 lakh in box office collections.
All figures have been sourced from movie website IBOS Network.