The majority of movies made in down south is infectious. In the last decade, the South Indian movies are not only gripping the entire nation but have reached all across the globe. Just look at the astounding figures that these movies generate from overseas business. They somehow spread and influence everyone who is interested or passionate about movies. And out of all, they attract the Bollywood filmmakers the most. Maybe this is the reason that in the last decade the number of remakes was the highest. Let’s take a look at the 10 best of them.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
The movie was an official remake of the cult classic Malayalam movie, Manichitrathazhu (1993), starring Mohanlal and Shobana in the lead. Bhool Bhulaiyaa had Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal and Shiney Ahuja in prominent roles. The Priyadarshan directorial was a comedy horror film which was lauded by both audience and the critics.
This was a remake of director AR Murugadoss's own 2005 Tamil movie of the same name. The lead roles were played by Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan and Pradeep Rawat. The music was composed by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman. Asin won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the movie was the first Bollywood film to reach the 100 Crore INR mark.
After a series of flops, the movie proved to be a much-needed break for Salman Khan back then. The movie actually revived his career and since then to till now, Bhai is giving back-to-back blockbusters. The Prabhu Deva directorial was an official remake of Telugu movie Pokiri (2006) starring Mahesh Babu, Ileana D'Cruz, Prakash Raj and Nassar in the lead.
The first installment of the Housefull franchise was copied from Tamil movie Kaathala Kaathala (1998) starring Kamal Haasan. The Tamil film producer P. L. Thenappan filed a case against Sajid Nadiadwala. But the movie had a smooth release. Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Ritesh Deshmukh, Lara Dutta and Boman Irani were seen playing pivotal roles.
Bajirao Singham was Ajay Devgn's one of the best characters of his career and the movie roared loud at the box office. It was a remake of Tamil film Singam (2010). The movie had all the elements for which a Rohit Shetty film is known for. Seeing the success of the film, the makers came up with its second installment Singham Returns (2014) which was, by the way, an original piece of work.
Rowdy Rathore (2012)
A remake of Telugu movie Vikramarkudu (2006) that had Akshay Kumar in double roles and Sonakshi Sinha as the female lead. The Prabhu Deva directorial was a complete masala entertainer which was very well received by the audience. The producers went Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita Chinta Ta Ta all the way to the box office.
Akshay Kumar is the top Khiladi in making remakes too when compared to his contemporaries. The remake of Malayalam film Pokkiri Raja (2010) starring Mammootty, Prithviraj, and Shriya Saran didn't do wonders like the other remakes in which Akshay featured. However, thanks to his stardom and loyal fans that the Boss managed to get its return on investment.
Sajid Nadiadwala chose to remake Telugu movie Kick (2009) for his directorial debut. And when the darling of the masses, Salman Bhai played the Devil, toh saare desh ko hangover hona hi tha. The film became the biggest blockbuster of the year after PK. Fun fact – Kick was the first movie where Jacqueline Fernandez retained her real voice.
The Nishikant Kamat's thriller is the remake of the 2013 Malayalam movie of the same name. Like the original one, Drishyam was appreciated all across. The critics were all praise for Ajay Devgn and Tabu. They will be next seen in Golmaal Again and in a contemporary rom-com, written and produced by the Pyaar Ka Punchnama director Luv Ranjan.
Akira was Sonakshi Sinha's first title role in her career. This AR Murugadoss directorial was the remake of a Tamil movie Mouna Guru (2011). It didn't do well when compared to the above-mentioned blockbusters, but due to the watertight budget in which it was made, it didn't incur losses as well.
Also, don't forget to read about the 10 best south Indian remakes of Bollywood movies.