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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is it copied from Prisoner of Zenda

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is it copied from The Prisoner of Zenda the Prince and Pauper
As per media reports and few websites Sooraj Barjatya’s film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo might be the Bollywood adaptation of Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda.

The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894.

Plot story of the novel The Prisoner of Zenda –
On the eve of the coronation of King Rudolf of Ruritania, his brother, Prince Michael, has him drugged. In a desperate attempt to deny Michael the excuse to claim the throne, Colonel Sapt and Fritz von Tarlenheim, attendants of the King, persuade his distant cousin Rudolf Rassendyll, an English visitor, to impersonate the King at the coronation.

Rassendyll falls in love with Princess Flavia, the King's betrothed, but cannot tell her the truth. He determines to rescue the king and leads an attempt to enter the castle of Zenda. The King is rescued and is restored to his throne, but the lovers, in duty bound, must part.

this novel spawned the genre known as Ruritanian romance.

As novel was popular it was adapted many times for films
The Prisoner of Zenda (1913) -
Starring James K. Hackett, Beatrice Beckley, David Torrence, Fraser Coalter, William R. Randall and Walter Hale. Adapted by Hugh Ford and directed by Ford and Edwin S. Porter

The Prisoner of Zenda (1915) -
Starring Henry Ainley, Gerald Ames, George Bellamy, Marie Anita Bozzi, Jane Gail, Arthur Holmes-Gore, Charles Rock and Norman Yates. It was adapted by W. Courtney Rowden and directed by George Loane Tucker.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) -
Starring Ramón Novarro, Lewis Stone, Alice Terry, Robert Edeson, Stuart Holmes, Malcolm McGregor and Barbara La Marr. It was adapted by Mary O'Hara and directed by Rex Ingram.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) -
Starring Ronald Colman as Rassendyll and Rudolph, Madeleine Carroll as Princess Flavia, Raymond Massey as Michael, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Rupert of Hentzau, C. Aubrey Smith as Colonel Zapt and David Niven as Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) -
Starring Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer, Lewis Stone, Robert Douglas, James Mason and Robert Coote.
It is a shot-for-shot copy of the 1937 film, the only difference being that it was made in Technicolor.

Jhinder Bandi [ The Prisoner of Jhind] (1961) -
A Bengali film directed by Tapan Sinha, starring Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterjee, based on the eponymous novel written by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay as an adaptation of The Prisoner of Zenda.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) -
A comic version, starring Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries, Elke Sommer, Gregory Sierra, Jeremy Kemp, Catherine Schell, Simon Williams and Stuart Wilson.
In this version Sellers plays the King, his father, and the other main character Syd Frewin, a London Hansom Cab driver, who finds himself employed as a double to the King and eventually changes places with him permanently

Now we have to wait and see that Salman Khans Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is copied shot by shot or is inspired from the novel The Prisoner of Zenda or story and few sequences are copied frame to frame from the movies The Prisoner of Zenda.

Bollywood Movie - Raja Aur Runk (1968) –
Actors – Sanjeev Kumar and Kumkum
Raja Aur Runk is the story of a prince and a pauper. Two children, born on the same day at the same time: one to the king, Raja Sahib, and one to a poor man, Hariya (Ajit)
One day, Raja runs away from home and somehow ends up in the palace, where he meets Yuvraj. The boys discover how different their lives are. Being tempted to see the world outside

The story plot of the movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is also similar to the movie The prince and the Pauper.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is slated to release on November 12, 2015.

Story line Plot of the Movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo –
A future king who wants to see the other world normal life
Step brother plans to take over the throne
Future king finds a man who looks like him and the story begins.

Watch the movie The Prisoner of Zenda 1979

Watch the Silent Movie, The Prisoner of Zenda 1922

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Kirtivasan Ganesan October 25, 2015  

I read Prisoner of Zenda in my childhood. The abridged version. This is a very good story, though now I do not recollect.