By his own admission, Saif Ali Khan is celebrating his love for Mumbai in his next, Akshat Varma’s Kalakaandi. But peel off that marketing spiel and take a look at the brief synopsis he offered in a recent interview and you have a somewhat sketchy idea of what the slice-of-life film is about.
And it sounds a lot (though not entirely) like this Joseph Gordon-Levitt film called 50/50, which also starred Seth Rogen.Young man in a boring job who doesn’t even smoke, but gets cancer anyway? Check! 50/50 did that as early as 2011. The Joseph Gordon-Levitt film is also about Adam, a good guy who is flabbergasted to discover he has spinal cancer with a 50/50 chance of survival. Ditto with Saif’s Rileen in Kalakaandi.


Tries drugs for the first time and it affects his perspective on life? Check! JGL’s Adam tries out medical marijuana for the first time and begins to ‘see’ and ‘understand’ things differently. We know that Rileen pops acid (aka LSD) at his brother’s wedding party. And has a night to remember. In Kalakaandi, Deepak Dobriyal and Vijay Raaz play two mafia guys who Rileen hobnobs with.

Depending on what else is revealed in the Kalakaandi trailer in the days ahead, it’s entirely possible that there will be a best friend’s role announced, just like Adam has in Kyle (Seth Rogen).

So, here’s the thing. We’re not saying Kalakaandi’s an out-and-out copy of 50/50, but an early description of the Saif-starrer, ahead of its April 21 release (and in the absence of a trailer) sure makes a case for the comparison with the JGL-starrer.

There will be marked differences between the two films, as is to be expected, but there’s also no denying the similarities staring you in the face, is there?


You could argue that Kalakaandi is like Breaking Bad, except Saif’s Rileen consumes and doesn’t deal in drugs, Bryan Cranston’s Walter White does the opposite

5 Bollywood Blockbusters Which Are The Remakes Of Hollywood Films

1. Ghajini is inspired from ‘Memento’

The 2008 blockbuster opened a new trend, called the ‘100-crore club,’ is a remake of a Tamil film with the same name. Its director AR Murugadoss picked the idea from 2000 Hollywood’ release ‘Memento’Memento

2. Munna Bhai MBBS is inspired from ‘Patch Adams’

Considered as the milestone for Snjay Dutt’s career, Munna Bhai MBBS (2003) is  based on Robin Williams’s 1998 film Patch Adams

Munna bhai copy of hollywood movie

3. Judwaa is a remake of Twin Dragons

This 1997 David Dhawan laugh riot starring Salman Khan is a remake of 1992 Jackie Chan hit ‘Twin Dragons’TwinDragons

4. Mohabbatein is based on ‘Dead Poets Society’

This Aditya Chopra blockbuster having Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in leading roles, was loosely based on 1989 hit ‘Dead Poets Society starring Robin WilliamsDeadPoetsSociety

8. Tezaab is a remake of ‘Street of Fire’

Director N. Chandra had a runaway success in this Anil Kapoor-Madhuri Dixit starrer. Little did people know that it was a remake of a not so successful Hollywood film ‘Streets of Fire’ released in 1984Streetsoffire

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Saif Ali Khan’s Kalakaandi inspired by Hollywood film 50/50?
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