Director Tanveer Khan's second film Deadline - Sirf 24 Ghante has just hit the theatres and he admits that it is not an original film but an adaptation of Hollywood flick Trapped.
"I can't claim Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante is an original film. It's again an adaptation of an American film," Khan told IANS.
Luis Mandoki's "Trapped" starred Kevin Bacon as a serial kidnapper who seeks his wife's support to kidnap a rich victim.
Two years ago, Khan released his first film Madhoshi, starring John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, where he turned director Ron Howard's Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind" into a passionate love story.
"Yes, I enjoyed the experience. I'd have enjoyed it even more if the film had worked better at the box office. But I don't regret anything about Madhoshi. The only problem is that when your first film fails, no one wants to give you a second chance."
Before taking a plunge into direction, Khan wrote innumerable hit flicks for Indra Kumar and Kuku Kohli like Ishq, Raja and Rishtey.
About Deadline.. Khan said: "I've turned the Hollywood film completely inside-out. Even Madhoshi, you've to admit, wasn't a straight-off copy. And Deadline is even less connected to the source material."
What about the cast volte-face, from John-Bipasha to more art house actors like Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma in Deadline?
"The cast always comes after my script. When I closed my eyes, I could see the actors I wanted for Deadline. And I got them all."
Clearly the era of Hollywood remakes isn't over.
While Khan is ready with his own take on Trapped, Raksha Mistry, who ripped off Collateral to make The Killer, is now doing her own version of the Jennifer Aniston-starrer Derailed.
Suneel Darshan's upcoming Shaka Laka Boom Boom is apparently inspired by the Oscar-winning Amadeus. And the format for Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq is borrowed from Love Actually.