Akele Hum Akele Tum Scenes Inspired/Copied from Kramer vs. Kramer

Some of you may already know that Akele Hum Akele Tum is inspired/copied from Kramer vs. Kramer. Kramer vs Kramer won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Check out the scenes which are inspired/copied right down to the dialogues.

There is a emotional speech that Dustin Hoffman gives about being a parent.

Here is the corresponding scene from Akele Hum Akele Tum.

Here is the scene where Meryl Streep explains why she left her son.

Here is the scene where Meryl Streep admits that she was a failure.

Here is the scene where Manisha explains why she left her son and also admitting that she was a failure.

Here is the scene where Meryl Streep tells Dustin that she is leaving.

Here is the scene where Manisha tells Aamir that she is leaving.

Here is the scene where Dustin makes breakfast for his son.

Here is the scene where Aamir makes breakfast for his son.

Here is the scene where Dustin gets angry at his son.

Here is the scene where Aamir gets angry at his son.

Here is the scene where Meryl tells Dustin that she wants her son back.

Here is the scene where Manisha tells Aamir that she wants her son back.

Here is the final scene from Kramer vs Kramer.

Here is the final scene from Akele Hum Akele Tum.

  1. Ritz 9 years ago

    How did Kramer vs Kramer end? As far as I remember AHAT ended in a regressive way – Manisha closing the door (of the outside world) and returning to hubby.

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      sputnik 9 years ago

      Kramer vs Kramer ends with Meryl telling Dustin that she is not going to take her son with her but they don’t end up together.

      • Ritz 9 years ago


        I liked Aamir in AHAT but hated many scenes in it when he was crying unnecessarily and also the scenes where he tells his son “I love you” – it looked so artificial in Indian context – telling ur kid explicitely that u love him/her and kid sleeping in other room.
        Also hated similar scenes in Fanaa.

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          sputnik 9 years ago

          I liked Aamir a lot in AHAT. It was my favorite performance of his until then and I liked the movie a lot too. This role is unlike the roles that Aamir usually plays. He is insecure, somewhat of a MCP and has a lot of ego.

          hmm good point about “I love you” and kid sleeping in other room.

          • Baba Ji 9 years ago

            I didnt like his character much . he had the role of a whining loser . some scenes like that icecream scene with his kid were irritating, It was as if even the kid was more mature than aamir emotionally!

            My fav scene from the film is “Chehra Gulabi” . I loved Shafi Inaamdars acting 😀 he was superb. It is said that he and his partners role was based on Nadeem-Shravan. They used to grill new coming singers.


          • Ritz 9 years ago

            True that he is insecure, and liked his vulnerability due to that.

            (this “I love you” is repeated many times – once in a while its OK )

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    Just found out the movieclips videos were not playing in India. So updated the post with clips that play in India.

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    sputnik 9 years ago


    His character had flaws and that’s what made it human unlike goody goody filmy character.

    I like that Chehra Gulabi scene a lot too and was about to post that scene but you beat me to it.

    Yes Amar-Kaushik characters are based on Nadeem-Shravan. Never understood why Mansoor Khan took potshots at Nadeem-Shravan coz they never worked together. Loved Shafi Inaamdar’s acting too.

    This video is from venusmovies – adding here just in case the video you posted gets deleted later.

    • hithere 9 years ago

      The movie was produced by Venus and I think they had hand in having Nadeem like character.

  4. Ritz 9 years ago

    My most fav scene of Aamir in AHAT and in fact i think its one of his career best – is his scene in courtroom. Him controlling tears in his eyes….cant find the scene now on youtube.

    • Ritz 9 years ago


      From 2:24:30 to next 10-12 mins after this. One of the best acting scene of Aamir in 90s.

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        sputnik 9 years ago

        Its the same scene as the first Aamir video in this post.

        “One of the best acting scene of Aamir in 90s.”

        Agree. I used to always feel that Aamir held back in the emotional scenes – that he was not totally convincing to me in the emotional scenes involving crying/heartbreak. This was the first time I felt that Aamir was totally convincing – he was so natural and it did not feel like he was acting at all. I remember reading some Aamir interview back then where he talked about that court scene and he said that he could identify a lot with the scene due to his having a son.

        • Ritz 9 years ago

          “Its the same scene as the first Aamir video in this post.”

          Oh well well. 🙂 Didnt see it earlier.

          Saw it now,

          Very good post btw – we have just heard/read that Kramer vs Kramer is scene by scene copy – but its good to see here all scenes together.

          Yes, Aamir was very natural in that scene.

  5. Shinji 9 years ago

    i guess i saw this film in childhood, and used to hate such flicks… crap movies!! i used to love my action star akki at that point of time!!

    • Baba Ji 9 years ago

      same here 😀 ,among khans I preferred salman back then 😉

      • Shinji 9 years ago

        lol.. and my other favourite was Sunny Deol, as a child i used to love those action movies… and ofcourse the biggest superstar of all Amitabh Bachchan, used to watch his action B grade flicks for time pass on TV…

        I used to think Akki is indias answet to james bond, and was so excited to see his film called Mr.Bond ( i dont know whether such film existed, but i guess i have seen something like this ) one of my most awaited movies used to be a khiladi series one or movies like sapoot…

        I was so in love with a flick called ravan raaj… i watched it 7 times in a row every day of the week and returned the casette after a week, and my dad had to bail me out!!

  6. Shinji 9 years ago

    @sputnik, baba, ritz

    check out this poster… if possible please post, i am not fan of the series, but it indeed caught my intention


  7. Serenzy 9 years ago

    Looking forward to Watch All Four of them Sometime in Next 2/3Years –
    Kramer v/s Kramer, AHAT, It Happened One Night and DHKMN.


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    sputnik 9 years ago

    Excellent Interview by Mansoor Khan

    Mansoor Khan is a Bollywood urban legend, for being the director who made four popular films and gave it up to open a homestay in Coonoor. In this rare interview, Khan talks about his cinema, reveals that Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar was supposed to be his first movie, that they shot an alternative, happy ending for Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and that cousin Aamir Khan still hasn’t gotten over the fact that he cast Shah Rukh Khan in Josh. Excerpts:

    What made you swap films for making cheese?

    I was never ambitious about films. Though I did study engineering and computer science, I knew that a non-urban life would make me happy. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar was the only film I wanted to make. I wanted it to be my first film.

    Then how did Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (QSQT) become your first film?

    I started writing Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar much before QSQT. I was like the character Sanjay Lal (played by Aamir). I was irresponsible and needed to learn about responsibility and the importance of valuing others. I wanted to make a small-scale film about this boy and his world but I wasn’t able to write it well. I stopped midway. By this time, my father (filmmaker Nasir Hussain) wanted to launch Aamir and he came up with the story of QSQT. I ended up directing it.

    How did films happen?

    I had zero interest in films. I would watch my father’s films only to criticise them. My father was a sport about it and would only want to know ki mazaa aaya ki nahin. I went for engineering but didn’t complete it. I’ve actually never completed anything in my life. Films happened in the process of running away from engineering.

    I was always into gadgets and introduced video edit on a Sony recorder. I had great plans of doing alternative programming for Doordarshan, and even asked them if I could video-edit their ghazal programme so that it could be presented in a better way. I used to play the piano and drums and liked to visualise the music. That was one of the reasons I got into filmmaking. I realised that if I wanted the songs to look good, I’d probably need to make a film. In a way, I took up making films in order to redeem myself. I made a pilot film called Umberto and Amole Gupte (Stanley Ka Dabba director and Taare Zameen Par writer) acted in it. I wanted to see whether I could tell a story. My dad saw the film and asked me to direct QSQT.

    Most of your films have daddy issues right from QSQT’s Papa kehte hain to Jo Jeeta… and then, of course, Akele Hum Akele Tum.

    You got me there. I didn’t realise that before. Perhaps because emotionally, I find the father-son theme strong. But I can’t take the credit for Papa kehte hain. I only suggested to Majrooh (Sultanpuri) saab that the song is about a boy who is graduating and who doesn’t know what to do with his life. But since he’s a romantic, he feels his destiny is love. Majrooh saab came up with the line. I found the word “Papa” very tacky and wanted it changed. My dad told me it’s a very good line and convinced me to keep it.

    You gave in to your dad for the song but you had to fight your way for the tragic ending in QSQT.

    Though my father wrote the basic story, he gave me the freedom to tweak it. The first 11 scenes, till the titles roll, were exactly what he wrote. Then I took over. I took his landscape of star-crossed lovers but added the nuances in Raj and Rashmi’s characters.

    In my mind, they were always meant to die but my dad didn’t like sad movies. He was known for his happy films. He felt the audience couldn’t handle sadness. He had made Baharon Ke Sapne, which was based on a story he had written in college. It was a serious film and it didn’t work. He had to re-shoot a happy ending for the film after two days. I never agreed with this decision. I’ve always believed that the fate of a film is one thing, while its integrity is another thing.

    My father insisted on a happy ending for QSQT. We did try to have a scene where Goga Kapoor gets shot by the sharpshooter who was hired to kill Aamir, and then Aamir piles on the shooter and kills him. But when we were shooting the sequence, someone or the other would laugh on the sets because it looked so fake. This just made my resolve stronger.

    Youngsters felt the lovers should die but the elders hated it. Since the film was about young people, my father decided to go with their verdict.

    In contrast, how did the happy ending for Akele Hum Akele Tum come about?

    I agree that I compromised (on that). By the time we made the film, Aamir and I had different points of view. I should have been firm. Those characters were never meant to be happy together, they could only be happy apart. I guess I lacked conviction. Even while casting, I felt Aamir looked too young to play a dad to a six-year-old. I wanted Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. There were date issues with Madhuri and my next choice was Manisha Koirala. Somehow, I couldn’t see Manisha with Anil, so I went ahead with Aamir.

    The casting of Josh was like a film itself, wasn’t it? All three Khans—Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh — were attached with the project at one time.

    Yeah, I wanted SRK as Max and Aamir for Rahul’s role. I had narrated the story to Aamir. Without my telling him what role I wanted him to play, he started wearing bandanas and wristbands. He thought he was playing Max. I went to SRK, who said no because he was sure that Aamir would be playing Max. Everyone wanted to play Max. Even Kajol, who I wanted for Shirley’s role, got up after the narration and said, “I want to play Max”. But I felt SRK would be the best Max. When I told Aamir this, he said, “If that’s the case, I’m not in the film.” Then I went to Salman who had date issues. Then my producer Ratan Jain took charge and said he’d speak to SRK. That was it. He agreed, even to play a brother to Aishwarya Rai.

    So after four films, what made you chuck it all and go to Coonoor?

    It was just a “now or never” feeling. I moved to Mandwa first on my own and managed to convince my wife Tina to move with our two kids to somewhere more peaceful. I had always liked Coonoor. We moved here and Tina got interested in cheese-making and that’s how our farmstay, Acres Wild, happened. I consider myself lucky to have married the right woman and together we created our own world. I was never crazy about films, the way Aamir and Imran (Khan) are, so I could do it.

    But was it easy to give up something you were successful at?

    I’ve always been wary of success. It’s like a drug. Actors chase it even when they are ageing, and directors chase it even when they lose touch with the audience.

    Don’t you miss the camera?

    No. I get nightmares of shooting — that the sun is going down and I’m not able to shoot my portion for the day.

    What is your connect with films these days? Do you watch films?

    My connect is through Aamir, Kiran (Rao) and Imran. Aamir called me to fill in as creative producer for Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. I had a purely supportive role for the film; Aamir wanted me to make sure that Abbas (Tyrewala) shoots the film the way it was written. I only watch films that Aamir or Imran force me to.

    Since you’ve been associated with all three of them—what is your take on Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh?

    Of the three, Aamir has probably redefined himself the most, Salman is the luckiest of them all, while I think Shah Rukh needs to definitely redefine himself. Don’t get me wrong. I love SRK’s charisma and his screen presence but I feel his choice of scripts has let him down. I don’t know how his mind works — is he living up to his fans’ expectations, has his stardom become so huge that it affects his script choices? I think SRK is aiming for bigness, but I wish he would ­explore himself more.

    Is there a cinema fight with Aamir that is yet to be resolved?

    We totally don’t agree on the ending of Akele Hum… Aamir didn’t even like Jo Jeeta… He still feels he should have done Josh and I still feel that Shah Rukh was a better Max.

    Name five films on your ‘eternal like’ list.

    Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saaransh, Teesri Manzil, Breaking Away (people think I copied JJWS from it but I actually saw it after I wrote it) and Dil Chahta Hai.

    Name some contemporary directors whose work you’ve liked.

    Vishal Bhardwaj is quite good. I loved Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib Biwi aur Gangster. Rajkumar Hirani is someone I’d like to connect with. 3 Idiots was quite a film — slightly OTT, yet it holds.

    So you’ll never ever make another film again?

    I won’t say never but I’m not trying to. I follow my heart and not filmmaking. I was always passing through films. I’m busy with my farm. We sell about eight kilos of cheese every day. I bake bread and Tina makes cheese. I give lectures at IIM-Bangalore and then there’s a book I am writing on oil, energy and economics.

    What would you want your cinema legacy to be?

    I’m not a very technical filmmaker. I have a poor sense of visual craft. It was never about the slick lensing and always about the sensibility and nuances in relationships.


    • Baba Ji 9 years ago

      great interview. he is an intelligent practical man. its interesting that he doesnt care so much about filmmaking yet ended up making some great movies. his take on khans is also perfect.

    • Suprabh 9 years ago

      Wonderful Interview. Aamir should be thankful to Mansoor for going ahead with srk for Josh. Josh in every aspect is his weakest film. Not only is Josh Mansoor’s worst but also bad compared to many other movies of that decade and that too when 90s was a rather bad era movie wise.

      • hithere 9 years ago

        Didn’t mind Josh except for the climax.

        ps – I still don’t get why directors have to tell everything twice. I saw Josh and was cringing when the scenes were replayed in court.

      • Baba Ji 9 years ago

        i agree josh is his weakest film. it was unintentionally funny at times especially the altercations between srk and sharad kapoor. The only scene I liked in the film was the gangwar scene when srk and chandarchur get into a serious fight. it was quite dramatic.

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        sputnik 9 years ago

        Did not like Josh. Have seen the original West Side Story too which was a musical and did not like that one too. SRK looked stylish but he overacted as usual. He overdid the Tapori accent.

        Not sure why Aamir wanted to do the movie but if he did play Max he would have been better than SRK but it would have been very similar to his Ghulam role too.

  9. Serenzy 9 years ago

    Max and Eagles was a Craze with Us Kids back then… Nobody Wanted to be in the Bichoo Gang! 😀

    Also, Apun Bola and Sailaaru was Wayy Too Popular… I Also Like ‘Mere Khayallon ki Mallika’ a lot.

    I Loved the 1st Half of Josh.
    Hated the 2nd Half a lot.

  10. mate 9 years ago

    “He still feels he should have done Josh and I still feel that Shah Rukh was a better Max.”

    The statement said that all, and this is from the mouth of his closer one. A similar kind of statement was given by Farhan about Srk’s Don character. IMO Max character was tailor-made for Srk. And he was every inch into the role of Max, and the movie did reasonably well at BO. Aamir wouldn’t be able to create half the credibility that Srk bring into the character. Infact he may ruin the character with his child look and typical mannerisms that requires a certain amount of subtleness, rawness, energy and charm, and Srk effortlessly show the amalgamation of all these qualities.

  11. Reddemon 9 years ago

    Just look at ‘apun bola’ and ‘aati kya khandala’ song and one can easily tell how Srk played the character brilliantly and how aamir would have ruined it with his mechanised acting. Mansoor knew it all and so he decided to cast Srk and he is happy with his decision and Srk’s act

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