Main Aisa Hi Hoon [English: I Am Like This] is a Bollywood film released in 2005. It was directed by Harry Baweja and stars Ajay Devgan, Sushmita Sen, Esha Deol and Anupam Kher.
Mentally challenged Indraneel Thakur [Ajay Devgan] works as a waiter in a coffee shop while he raises his daughter Gungun [Rucha Vaidya] as a single parent. Gungun loves him very much and in an attempt to remain at his level, refuses to go to school.
Gunguns mother Maya Trivedi [Esha Deol] came into Neels life when she needed someone desperately. After giving birth to her she disappeared never to be seen again. For seven years Neel has looked after the child and both are happy together. However Mayas father Dayanath Trivedi [Anupam Kher] comes to India for one thing: his granddaughter. It was Gunguns birthday and Neel has a surprise party for her.Gungun is upset and leaves.Taking advantage of Gungun leaving her house,Dayanath gives Neel a court notice.He soons takes Neel to court. With the help of the townspeople he is introduced to Niti Khanna [Sushmita Sen], a lawyer and single mother dealing with her own problems. Her son, Rahul, never used to listen to her. Niti didnt agree to fight for Neels case,but when Rahul met Neel and became his friend,Niti realized that she should help Neel.A custody battle ensues. It is found out that Maya was on drugs. She died because of it and she didnt return to her father or Neel. When the case is nearing to Dayanaths win, Niti decides to marry Indraneel, after the 15 minutes recess Niti presents the marriage papers to the judge, and the judge declares that Gungun will be in custody of Indraneel and Niti, which Gungun accepts Niti as her mother and her son as her brother. Dayanth regrets being mean to Indraneel and accepts him as his son in law before flying back to London.
Accusations of plagiarism
The film was publicly accused of plagiarism in a PlanetBollywood review [http://www.planetbollywood.com/Film/MainAisaHiHoon] by Shruti Bhasin. It is said to resemble the Hollywood film I Am Sam .
* Similarities: Both films feature a mentally handicapped man who works as a waiter in a coffee shop. He is a single parent taking care of a daughter. In both films, the daughter refuses to continue her education because she does not want to be smarter than her father, and a custody dispute ensues. The waiter hires a female lawyer who is having trouble bringing up her own son. Some of the dialogue in the Bollywood film is said to be a simple translation into Hindi of the dialogue in the Hollywood film.
* Differences: In the Hollywood version, the waiter gives up his daughter to a foster family. In the Bollywood version, the waiter marries his lawyer and they win custody. In the Hollywood version, the custody suit is initiated by a social worker who thinks that the daughter would be better off in a "normal" family; in the Bollywood version, it is the girls maternal grandfather fighting for custody after his daughter died due to drug overdose.
Source : Main Aisa Hi Hoon Wiki Page