6 Indian films that were inspired by ‘Godfather’, a world classic

In 1969, a crime novel written by Mario was published. Name ‘Godfather’. The story of the mafia Corleone family. For almost two years after its publication, this novel was included in the New York Times bestseller list. In these two years, more than 90 lakh copies of ‘Novel’ were sold.

It was two years before the novel came on the market. Mario hadn’t even written half of ‘The Godfather’ yet. Peter Bart, the vice president of Paramount Pictures, one of the largest production houses in Hollywood today, offered Mario $12,000 to buy the rights to his book. Mario had lost 10 thousand dollars in gambling at that time. Money was desperately needed. So, despite his agent’s refusal, he accepted the offer. In 1969, Paramount also bought the rights to film the novel for $80,000. And preparations started to bring ‘Godfather’ on the big screen.

A skilled director was needed to bring ‘Godfather’ to the screen. But at that time, mafia films were beating one after the other in Hollywood. So no big director was agreeing to direct this mafia film. After the refusal of many directors, the name of director-writer Francis Ford Coppola came to the fore. Whose previous film was a huge flop. So he agreed to work even for less money. Strong actors like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino were taken in the film. And became ‘Godfather’. Which has got a place of great respect in world cinema.

The film influenced gangster-mafia films not only in Hollywood but all over the world. The influence of ‘Godfather’ is clearly visible in many films of his Indian cinema. It just happened that in some films, ‘Godfather’ was used as an inspiration, while some made Reebok of Reebok.

Today we will tell you about those Indian films, which are lightly or heavily inspired from ‘Godfather’.

1. Dharmatma

‘Dharmatma’ poster.

India’s first attempt at ‘The Godfather’. Yes, but words like ‘copy’ cannot be used for ‘Dharmatma’ at all. This film was very marginally influenced by ‘Godfather’.

The main story of the film was based on the life of Matka King Ratan Khatri of Mumbai. Ratan Khatri also helped the writer of ‘Dharmatma’, Kaushal Bharti, in the script and dialogues of the film. The film had many ‘Khoob’ songs like ‘Kya Khub Lagti Ho’. Feroz Khan shot this entire film in Afghanistan. ‘Dharmatma’ was the first film shot in Afghanistan. The equation of the relationship between Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone was used in ‘Dharma’. Instead of Vito Corleone, the mafia here was Dharmadas (Premnath). And like Michael, Feroz Khan was in the role of son Ranveer, who was away from his father’s crime world. Who gets into the quagmire of this crime to avenge the death of his father.

The character of ‘Godfather’ which was directly adapted in this film was the character of Sony Corleone. Soni Corleone’s character was introduced as the main villain Kundan in ‘Dharmatma’. This role was portrayed by Imtiaz Khan, brother of Amjad Khan.

The film ‘Dharmatma’ became very successful at that time. Feroz Khan’s career skyrocketed. And he became a style icon. This statement of Don Vito Corleone fits with Feroz Khan that,

Great people are not born great. They become great’.

2. Nayakan

Kamal Haasan is the biggest fan of ‘Godfather’.

The ‘Godfather’ in the Tamil film ‘Nayakan’ released in 1987 had a huge amount of influence. Although the main story of the film was based on the life of Mumbai underworld don Varadarajan. Mani Ratnam had directed this film. Many scenes of the film were directly related to ‘Godfather’. For example, there is a scene in the film where Velu (Kamal Haasan) kills the Reddy brothers. Or the murder scene of Velu’s son Surya. Or the scene in which Velu cries over Surya’s dead body. All these are directly inspired by ‘Godfather’

3. Thevar Magan

In 1992, another film inspired by Kamal Haasan’s ‘Godfather’ was released. ‘Thevar Magan’. The script of this film was also written by Kamal Haasan. That too in just seven days. In this film, special emphasis was placed on the relationship part of Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone of ‘The Godfather’. The iconic scene of ‘Godfather’ was also created in the film, where Brando, playing Vito, sits down to Michael Pacino and talks about taking over the business.

However, like Michael, Kamal Haasan’s character Shakti was different in many respects in the film. The film had Sivaji Ganesan in the role inspired by Vito Corleone.

4. Terror is Terro

This is the case with Reebok from Reebok, which we talked about above. The director of this film, Dilip Shankar, probably had to do something in life. That’s why he directly hit the Hollywood cult ‘Godfather’. He also struck such a thing that from the looks of the characters to the costumes in the film, everything seemed to be the exact third copy of ‘Godfather’. Many scenes of the film were killed in imitation of Ditto ‘God Father’. Aamir-Juhi were in this film. Rajinikanth was also there. Now Rajni sir has come, so the budget is over. The film was hanging for three years. When it was released, Kabir Bedi and Om Puri did not come on dubbing.

Perhaps he had realized how bogus this film is. Something like this kept going wrong and the film became a mess. If you have never seen Bedagark, then watch it on Voot.

5. Sarkar


The ‘Godfather’ can be called the most legit tribute from Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Sarkar’ India. In the film, Amitabh Bachchan played a role inspired by Don Vito Corleone. At the same time, the role of Abhishek Bachchan was inspired by Michael Corleone. Ramu himself had told in an interview that in ‘Sarkar’ he has copied many scenes and dialogues of ‘Godfather’

The opening scene of ‘Sarkar’ is exactly a copy of the opening scene of ‘Godfather’. But firstt copy. Ramu has done justice to a large extent with the film ‘Sarkar’.

6. Gangs of Wasseypur

‘Sardar Khan’.

Anurag Kashyap’s cult classic ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ is called by many as India’s answer to ‘Godfather’. But it is not like that at all, brothers. Because the plot of ‘.. Wasseypur’ itself is heavily inspired by ‘Godfather’. A boy, who does not take part in the crime of don father but later becomes a don. This story is not of Faisal Bhaiya, but of Michael Corleone. But the desi touch in which Anurag Kashyap has adapted is amazing, unmatched.

The murder scene of Sardar Khan in the film is very similar to the Sonny Corleone murder scene of The Godfather.

So these were those 6 films on which ‘Godfather’ had a deep impression. Apart from these, there are many films which have stolen a lot of spice from ‘Godfather’. Talk about them sometime again.

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