When we talk about Indian cinema, we usually assume its Bollywood for it is the most popular and widely known film industry. But the standard of regional cinema in India is also catching up, especially South Indian cinema and Baahubali is the biggest example which broke all box office records and gained worldwide popularity. But before Baahubali also, there have been many South Indian films which have been appreciated by the audience. In the past few years, among the increasing number of fans of South Indian cinema, Bollywood filmmakers have been taking the best seats. They’ve been hooked on to their gripping stories and hence, made various Bollywood remakes which you probably weren’t aware of. So, read on to know the best Bollywood remakes of South Indian movies, ranked!
1. Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Bhool Bhulaiyaa is an official remake of a Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu. It was released on 1993 and was remade in Hindi by Priyadarshan later in 2007. Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja and Ameesha Patel, the lead actors garnered a lot of appreciation from the audience for this psychological thriller. Vidya Balan as Manjhulika kept the viewers on the edge of their seats.
2. Hera Pheri
The much loved and a classic, Hera Pheri is also a remake of a Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking. Paresh Rawal as Baburao, Akshay Kumar as Raju and Suniel Shetty as Shyam cracked up the audience each time they came on-screen together. The movie has some legit fans in Bollywood and deservedly so. Its sequel could not live up to the high expectations but the third installment of the franchise is rumoured to release this year and we hope it recreates the same magic as the first one.
Ghajini, a 2005 Tamil movie was remade by the same director AR Murugadoss in 2008 in Hindi for Bollywood fans. This was Asin’s debut movie and she also won Filmfare awards for Best Debut Female. Unlike most of the Bollywood movies, this was named after the villain of the movie. Aamir Khan in the movie played the protagonist who suffers from Anterogade Amnesia aka Short term memory loss. Since the movie, this term is used quite commonly. Ghajini was also the first Bollywood movie to make its entry in the 100 crore club.
Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu starrer thriller move is a remake of a Malayalam movie of the same name. The Malayalam Drishyam was released in 2013 whereas the Bollywood one release two years later. It was considered to be a successful attempt at creating a nail biting drama by the critics. Not just in Bollywood but it also got remade in numerous other languages like Kannada, Telugu and Tamil.
The on-screen chemistry of the lead couple, Vivekoi and Rani Mukherjee in Saathiya, a 2002 romantic drama was very well received by the audience. Music director, A.R. Rahman did a great job with the music, especially the melodious title track. Saathiya is abremake of a Tamil film, Alaipayutheywhich had Shalini and R. Madhavan as protagonists.
Chigurida Kamasutra, a 2003 Kannada film is reportedly said to be the inspiration behind Shah Rukh Khan’s one of the best movies, Swades. He was exceptionally well in the movie. Though Swades’ reception here was quite disappointing, it still has its share of passionate fans. The movie’s album by A.R. Rahman was a super hit and he also received Filmfare award for Best Background Score. Ashutosh Gowariker made this movie in 2004 and was awarded with Stardust Award for Best Director of the Year.
John Abraham in a perfectly suited role of an ACP of the Narcotics Control Bureau along with Genelia D’Souza successfully made this remake of a Tamil action-thriller, Kaakha Kaakha, a super hit. Though the pairing was quite unusual, it still could deliver. Kaakha Kaakha was directed by Gautham Menon in 2003.
8. Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein
While talking about R. Madhavan, the first movie that comes to mind is Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein. It gave Bollywood its one of the firsts South India star and a chocolate boy with crazy fans. Nearly after two decades of its release, the fans leave no chance to see the lead couple Dia Mirza and Madhavan together. A 2001 Tamil film, Minnale was remade into Rehna Hai Terre Dil Mein by Gautham Menon in the same year itself. Minnale had R. Madhavan, Reema Sen and Abbas in the lead roles and both the films were a commercial success.
Bollywood’s one of the favourite political thrillers is Nayak which released in 2001. It got its fair share of critical acclaim and fandom. Amrish Puri as the perfect antagonist and Anil Kapoor-Rani Mukherjee as the innocent couple took the movie to another high. Nayak is a remake of a Tamil film, Mudhalvan which released in 1999. The character, Shivaji Rao is known to be written for Rajnikanth whose birth name was also Shivaji Rao.
Priyadarshan has made some amazing Bollywood comedy movies and Hungama is one of those. As the name suggests, the movie is full of chaos, madness and is a laugh riot. It is remake of 1986 Malayalam film, Thalavattam which was also directed by Priyadarshan. Rajpal Yadav, Paresh Rawal, Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimi Sen, Shakti Kapoor among others portrayed their characters in the film in the best way possible.