It’s no secret that Bollywood films frequently draw inspiration from their Hollywood counterparts in some way or the other. However, recent times have seen a decline in the number of unofficial remakes, thanks to foreign studios consolidating their offices in Mumbai. So it comes as a surprise that Luv Ka The End, a Yash Raj production made under their new banner, Y Films, resembles the 2006 English rom-com, John Tucker Must Die.
The fact came to light soon after the promo of the film, featuring Shraddha Kapoor, went on air a few days ago.
Shraddha plays the desi version of actor Brittany Show’s character Kate, who gets together with protagonist John Tucker’s ex-girlfriends to teach him a lesson for multi-timing them.
First-time actor, Taaha Shah plays the Indian John Tucker who cheats on three girls in the desi version as against four in the original.
Pointing to the striking similarities between the films, our source explains, “In the Hollywood film, Kate tells John to wear a thong and come to her room. But he goofs up and lands in the headmistress’s chamber instead. In the desi version, Shraddha catches Taaha cheating on her with two other girls. In one of the lessons she teaches him, she gets him to wear a ghagra- choli and party with her.”
Predictably, avid Hollywood followers have been quick to point out the similarities on YouTube, where the promo of Luv Ka The End has been uploaded. One viewer, Hari2K10 called it “a Hollywood wannabe flick”, while chitragatronacious wrote, “The tagline of the movie is also the same…“Don’t get mad, get even”... It’s obvious really...”
Ashish Patil, head of Y Films, says, “Luv Ka The End and John Tucker are as similar as apples and oranges. Our film is the story of one girl who is wronged and brings the guy down in one night in the most outrageously funny way possible. Luv Nanda (Taaha) gets into a lot of trouble in the film. Tucker is about three ex-girlfriends who set up a former lover to fall in love with the new girl in town to watch him get his heart broken over a few months. Tucker turns over a new leaf and changes. So there’s no question of getting remake rights.”