Top Hindi Remakes Of South Indian Movies


In the past one decade or so, Bollywood remakes from south is a common practice. It was Malayalam film director Priyadarshan who made it a trend in Hindi cinema. After a series of flop remakes in the 1990s from classic Malayalam hits like Kireedam (Gardish) and Tenmavin Kombathu (Saath rang ke sapne), he tasted success for the first time with the remake of Tamil classic – Thevar Makan. The movie titled Virasat was highly praised by critics and was a box office hit. In 2000, he made the Hindi remake of Malayalam blockbuster comedy of 1990 Ramjirao Speaking. The movie titled ‘Hera Pheri’ was tagged as a ‘cult classic comedy’. Since then a new trend of remakes from south became popular.


Priyardarshan got early successes from remakes, though he failed later. Top Hindi remakes of Priyardarshan are Hungama (Poochakkoru Mookkuthi), Garam Masala (Boeing boeing), Hulchul (Godfather), Bhool Bhualayya (Manichitrathazhu)and Chupke se (Punjabi house). But much anticipated remakes like Kyon ki (Thalavattom), Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (Sanmanasullavarkku samadhanam), Mere Baap Pehle Aap (Ishtam), Khatta meetta (Vellanakalude Nadu), Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (Aniyathipravu), Billu (Kathaparayumbol) and Muskurahat (Kilukkam) failed as well. He mostly chose Mohanlal movies and Paresh rawal was common in most of his movies.


Though Priyadarshan remakes started failing at box office with the mid-2000s, a new trend to make remakes from South Indian action masalas started. ‘Wanted’ (Pokkiri) was the first big hit in this new trend and this movie played a significant role in revising the career of actor Salman Khan also. Later many mindless masala movies have been remade to Hindi with Salman Khan playing pivot role and most of them crossed 100 crore box office collections as well. Bodyguard, Ready, Kick and Jai Ho are the best instances. Romantic movies – Tere Naam (from Tamil hit Sethu) was a hit while Kyon ki (from Kireedam) was a flop.


Except Priyadarshan and Salman Khan movies, let me mention a few critically acclaimed and box office hits. Saathiya was a remake of Maniratnam’s Alaippayuthey. The movie proved to be the career breakthrough to its lead pair – Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukherji and its director Shaad Ali. Aamir Khan made south Indian blockbuster Gajani to Hindi, retaining its villain and heroine. Dayavan (Nayagan), Son of Sardar (Maryada Ramanna), Force (Kakka kakka), Sirf Tum (Kathal kottai), No entry (Charlie Chaplin), Singham (Singam), Rowdy Rathod (Vikramarkudu), Chachi 420 (Avvai Shanmukhi) and Holiday (Thuppakki) are some of such blockbuster remakes.

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