Times When Indian History Inspired Hollywood To Make Films

Amar Singh Rathore
Times When Indian History Inspired Hollywood To Make Films

Several Bollywood films have been inspired from Hollywood movies and we have even seen start to end copies of Hollywood films. But we have also seen instances where Hollywood movies got inspiration from stories of India. Read on…

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A still from the Hollywood film, Gandhi which was based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi

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Hollywood is known for making countless classics and timeless films with content which interests the globe. While Hollywood remains to inspire many other film industries for content, it has also garnered inspiration from histories & incidents of other parts of the world. Let us see when Hollywood made film on Indian history and rocked big time!

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom : It is a 1984 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character. After arriving in North India, Indiana Jones is asked by desperate villagers to find a mystical stone and rescue their children from a Thuggee cult practicing child slavery, black magic and ritualistic human sacrifice in honor of the goddess Kali.


A Passage to India : It is a 1984 British-American epic historical drama film written, directed and edited by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the play of the same name by Santha Rama Rau, which was in turn based on the 1924 novel of the same name by E.M. Forster. Set in the 1920s during the period of the British Raj, the film tells the story of the interactions of several characters in the fictional city of Chandrapore. The film explores themes of racism, imperialism, religion, and the nature of relationships both friendly and marital.


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Gandhi : This iconic film is a 1982 epic historical drama film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India’s non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the United Kingdom’s rule of the country during the 20th century. The film, a British-Indian co-production, was written by John Briley and produced and directed by Richard Attenborough. It starred Ben Kingsley in the title role.

Victoria & Abdul : A 2017 British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. It stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in lead roles.

So which one is your favorite out of the above lot and which one do you think really made an impact? Tell us in the comment-section below.

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