Every film industry has its own importance, be it Bollywood, Kollywood or Tollywood, nobody here has an upper hand, but it’s good to learn and adapt from your neighbor industries. So here we are looking at some of the best and worst remakes of South Indian movies that Bollywood ever made. The first Bollywood remake of a south Indian movie was in 1980; film ‘Yeh Kaisa Insaf?’ starring Shabana Azmi and Vinod Mehra. It was adapted from the south Indian film‘Idekaddi Nyayam’ released in 1977. From here the trend started and we’ve got some of the best films from this industry.
Ghajini is an Indian psychological thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss. It is a remake of Murugadoss's own 2005 Tamil film of the same name, starring Surya Sivakumar in the lead role along with Asin. It became the highest grossing movie of that year. The film was popular not only because of the storyline but also because of the haircut that Amir Khan adorned in the movie.
Since the past 5 years Salman Khan has been starring in only remakes of south Indian films. Be it ‘Ready’ or ‘Dabangg’ but ‘Wanted’ was the first thriller, which became the trend setter for that particular genre of action and from this movie Eid is reckoned as the time when a SalmanKhan movie hits the theaters with wave of peoples flooding to watch him.
3. Hera Pheri
This movie is the best when it comes to the comedy genre. The comic timing of Akshay Kumar and the portrayal of Babu Rao Ganpat Rao Apte was amazingly done by Paresh Raval. This movie is directed by Priyadarshan and is a remake of Malayalam blockbuster ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ (1989).
4. Nayak – the real hero
‘Nayak- the real hero’ was a path breaking movie. It was one of the best political thriller movies to create awareness among the people. The film is a remake of S. Shankar's successful film ‘Mudhalvan’ (1999).
5. Biwi no. 1
It is remake of the 1995 film ‘Sathi Leelavathi‘. The plot also inspired the 2005 comedy hit Kannada movie ‘Rama Shama Bhama’. ‘Biwi No. 1’ was released in 1999, starring Salman Khan and Karishma Kapoor in the lead. This movie can be categorized in both comedy and family drama and it was received well by the people in spite of the World cup 1999 fever going on.
Not every movie can be a blockbuster. There is a famous saying “Don’t copy when you can’t paste it properly”. In the same way, our Bollywood remakes have been disastrous too. Here is a list of 5 bad remakes of the south industry.
1. Son of Sardar
The movie didn’t work for the audience because of its predictable storyline, cliché dialogues and bad soundtracks. In spite of Salman Khan doing a cameo in one of the songs, the film couldn’t really create an impact on the box office and neither on the minds of the people.
2. Mere Baap Pehle Aap
This story is adapted from the 2001 south film ‘Ishtam’. The idea of a son wanting to get his father married first, didn’t go well with the public. Moreover the storyline wasn’t too alluring or catchy, which could bind the audience to their seats.
3. Ek Deewana Tha
The story had a very confusing ending. The audience couldn’t come to a conclusion as to whether the leads ever get married or not. Just by showing in the end that they are reunited, wasn’t enough. Though the soundtracks were appreciated a little, but the entire movie was a super flop.
4. Ramaiya Vastavaiya
It is a remake of the Telugu movie ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’ (2005) directed by Prabhu Deva. It’s the same old expected love story, village girl falling in love with the townie and then having to face hurdles in order to have a successful end. Too normal for our audiences, especially when they have witnessed better love stories.
5. Kambakkt Ishq
The film has crude humor, unyielding pace and a few indigestible racial bits which makes it one of the worse remakes of Bollywood. The only 2 good things about the movie were Denise Richards and Sylvester Stallone.
Let’s keep the best and leave the rest away. Enjoy the good and ignore the bad.