Movies are often inspired from real life activities and so are crime movies. But what if real life incidents start taking inspiration from movies? While getting positive inspiration from movies is always welcome, criminal activities taking inspiration from movies is not something that the filmmakers would want. Here’s a list of movies in India that inspired real life crimes.
One of the best thrillers of Bollywood, Drishyam was a movie about a cable operator and his family and how he saves them after his wife accidentally kills her daughter’s harasser. The movie served as an inspiration for a real life crime in Bhopal. A man named Indrapal Singh took inspiration from the movie on how to dispose a body and threw the victim’s boy in Hathikeda Dam in December 2015. The case came to notice when the wife of the deceased Sumitra lodged a missing complaint with the Ayodhya Nagar police.
Dhoom was a movie that impressed many, cause not many actually ended up hating the criminal John Abraham in the movie along with his gang. The movie also inspired a real life robbery in 2007 when a group of robbers dug up a tunnel to the vault of the Chelembra Bank in Kerala and stole 80 kg of gold and 50, 00,000 rupees while a New Year’s party was going on! They confessed to being inspired from the movie Dhoom.
3) Special 26
Special 26 was itself based on a real life crime, but the filmmakers did not know that it would actually inspire real life crimes too! In 2013, a group of 8 men posed as Income Tax officials and looted businessman Jayanthibhai Sarvaiya. These men created fake ID cards and fake raid letters and walked into his Kandivli business residence. These men got away with cash and gold ornaments worth 12 lakh rupees. The police officials who made the arrest apparently watched the movie to know of their tactics.
4) Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
Who knew that a comic movie that was meant to teach people some valuable life lessons would end up inspiring crimes! Taking inspiration from the film, a group of cheats decided to leak the question papers of 10+2 exams in 2013. These guys then propagated the answer through text messages. A Delhi sub inspector was also involved in this case wherein he would SMS the answers to the candidates in exchange of lakhs of rupees.
5) Bombay To Goa
A group of MNC tried to get rich overnight like the guys in the movie. The gang of MNC workers planned to rob the safe of a warehouse and when interrogated they said that they were inspired by the movie Bombay to Goa.
6) Khosla Ka Ghosla
Khosla Ka Ghosla is a highly rated satirical comedy wherein Boman Irani plays the character of Kishen Khurana who dupes people by forging documents. Some Delhi Development Authority employees took cue from his character and started forging documents which led to many feuds. They forged papers of already sold out properties and re sold them which caused feuds between the two parties.
7) Oye Lucky Lucky Oye!
In the movie the character of Abhay Deol would casually drive away in a stolen car. Similar case came up in Delhi when a man called Israr along with his team members stole nearly 180 cars in a year. He used to the best technology to commit the crime and most of his requirements were provided by those who wanted him to steal the cars.
In a recent case where Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna was abducted, 5 people were arrested and apparently one of the acused followed Dipti for over a year after he first saw her. Ghaziabad SSP Dharmendra Singh said,“It is just like a case portrayed in Bollywood movie ‘Darr’ where Shah Rukh Khan is involved in a one-sided affair. The prime accused just like a psycho and lived in a virtual reality. The criminals are hardcore. We are verifying whether the men are auto drivers or not.”
This was probably not what the filmmakers thought of when they made the movies.