Allegations are often made against Bollywood filmmakers for not being creative, making bad movies out of good stories, copying plots from various other movies, and so on. The Hindi film industry is known to recreate films from the South. But that is always seen as a bad thing. What’s wrong with remakes? A Telugu film story is new to Hindi audiences when it is remade in Hindi. And trust us, the writers have a tough time writing the screenplay of the Telugu story in a manner that would appeal to the Hindi-speaking audience. It is unfair to accuse the filmmaker if he/she remakes the film after buying the remake rights. Also, remaking films is a two-way street. Even South Indian filmmakers have remade Bollywood movies in the past. So, basically, it’s a give-and-take policy. Fair enough, isn’t it? Still don’t believe us? Here we will list the 10 best South Indian remakes of Bollywood movies in the past decade:

Shankar Dada Zindabad (Telugu, 2007)
Shankar Dada Zindabad - BookMyShowThe Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi-starrer was a remake of Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006). The film was a sequel of Shankar Dada MBBS (2004), which again was a remake of Munna Bhai MBBS (2003).

Bhale Dongalu (Telugu, 2008)
Bhale Dongalu - BookMyShowThe film was a remake of Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji-starrer Bunty Aur Babli (2005). The film was directed by K. Vijaya Bhaskar with Tarun and Ileana D’Cruz playing the lead. The film’s Tamil version was titled as Thirudi Thirudan.

Kanden Kadhalai (Tamil, 2009)
Kanden Kadhalai - BookMyShowYou will hardly find a Bollywood fan who hasn’t watch Imtiaz Ali‘s Jab We Met (2007). When it was remade in Tamil with Bharath and Tamannaah playing the lead, the magic on the Tamil audience was the same as the original one.

Unnaipol Oruvan (Tamil, 2009)
Unnaipol Oruvan - BookMyShowThe remake of A Wednesday (2008) had Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal playing the role of Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. The film was well-received by all. It was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Eeenadu with Venkatesh playing Anupam Kher’s role.

Teen Maar (Telugu, 2011)
Teen Maar - BookMyShowTeen Maar was the Telugu remake of Love Aaj Kal (2009) where Pawan Kalyan, Trisha Krishnan, and Kriti Kharbanda played the roles of  Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Giselli Monteiro. The film was directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee and the music was by Mani Sharma.

Nanban (Tamil, 2012)
Nanban - BookMyShowWhen the master storyteller Shankar, who has given us evergreen movies like Nayak, Gentleman, Indian, Anniyan, and Enthiran saw Rajkumar Hirani‘s 3 Idiots (2009), he decided to break his self-imposed rule of making only original movies. He felt the story of 3 Idiots should be told to the Tamil Audience, and he made a film featuring Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D’Cruz, Sathyan and Sathyaraj.

Gabbar Singh (Telugu, 2012)
Gabbar Singh - BookMyShowIf Salman can remake South Indian movies, even South filmmakers can remake his movies. Gabbar Singh was a remake of Dabangg (2010) with Pawan Kalyan and Shruti Haasan in the lead. As we earlier said, it’s a give-and-take policy.

Settai (Tamil, 2013)
Settai - BookMyShowDelhi Belly (2011) is by far the best Indian black comedy made till date. Director R. Kannan made its Tamil remake with Arya, Anjali, Santhanam, Premji Amaren and Hansika Motwani playing the leads. Its Telugu dubbed version was titled as Crazy.

Gopala Gopala (Telugu, 2015)
Gopala Gopala - BookMyShowThe film was a remake of the critically acclaimed OMG – Oh My God! (2012). The film had Daggubati Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan playing the roles of Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal.

Manithan (Tamil, 2016)
Manithan - BookMyShowThe film was a remake of Jolly LLB (2013). It is considered as one of the best films in Udhayanidhi Stalin‘s acting career. The other cast also includes Hansika Motwani, Radha Ravi, Prakash Raj, and Vivek. We will not be surprised if Jolly LLB 2 is also remade.

Also, don’t forget to read the 10 best Bollywood remakes of South Indian movies.

  • By Nitin Thomas