Bollywood is the second largest film industry in the world after Hollywood. Films have made box office collections as huge as 792 crore INR ($ 120 million), but if we talk about originality quotient, it might be low. Our movies were said to be copying the plot of Hollywood since a long time, but now we all know that a remake of Tollywood or Kollywood is also a formula for a hit film. Here is a list of movies whose stories were conceived from other languages.
Ajay Devgan has been a favorite choice of director
Rohit Shetty, and his first action film with the actor created waves, but Mr. Shetty did not come up with his ideas. It was a remake of Tamil movie Singam that released in 2010. After its success, it was remade in Kannada as Kempe Gowdu and Bengali as Shotru. A sequel was released in 2013 as
Singham II which was
Singham Returns in Bollywood (2014).
After a setback in the career, Sallu Bhai emerged strongly with Wanted in 2009. But this one was the remake of
Mahesh Babu starred Telugu movie Pokkiri. The latter had released in 2006 and its success made
Prabhu Deva copy it and present it to the audience, although he had already remade it in Tamil as Pokkiri in 2007. After 3 in a row, M.V Sridhar was convinced to show us a fourth version in Kannada as Pokkiri.
Even Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood could not resist from trying the formula of remakes. Short-term memory loss, the hairdo, all was already seen in the Tamil version of it, which had released in September 2005 under the same name and by the same director, A R Murugadoss. Even the antagonist in both the movies was
Pradeep Rawat. Amir Khan played Suriya’s role and
Asin Thottumkal enacted his girlfriend, which was her debut in Hindi film industry.
Not only from Hollywood or Tollywood, makers have copied movies from Bollywood itself and made a new version. One such example is Amitabh Bachchan’s Don that was remade under the same name starring
Shah Rukh Khan. Even the item song Ye Mera Dil was seen in the latter, where
Kareena Kapoor Khan did Helen’s part. Both the films did well at the box office, although the climax of SRK’s Don was modified slightly.
Alaipayuthey was a Tamil romantic drama movie directed and produced by
Mani Ratnam in 2000. The movie starred R. Madhavan. After its success, Mani soon went on to co-produce the same movie with
Yash Chopra which released in 2002 as Saathiya, starring
Vivek Oberoi and
Rani Mukerji in the lead. AR Rahman gave the music of both the films.
Four adaptations have been made of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Devdas that published in 1917. The first one was a Bengali movie that released in 1935. The following year, K.L Sehgal and T.R Rajkumari starred Hindi remake came out. When Bimal Roy made the same in 1955 with
Dilip Kumar, it turned out to be a hit and finally in 2002,
Sanjay Leela Bhansali came out to show the fourth version with Shah Rukh Khan,
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and
Madhuri Dixit that won five
National Film Awards and nine Filmfare Awards.
Priyadarshan directed Bhool Bhulaiyaa starring
Akshay Kumar released in 2007 which was a remake of 1993 Malayali movie Manichitrathazhu. Several remakes have been made since then. One such of them was Rajinikanth’s Chandramukhi in the Tamil language in 2005. The lavish sets, horror appearance of the lady gave way to the Hindi version which was one of the highest grossing films of that year.
Priyadarshan made this comedy movie with the trio, Akshay Kumar,
Suniel Shetty and
Paresh Rawal in 2002, where the two lived as a paying guest at the latter’s, and a series of happenings that made the audience burst into laughter went out to be a massive hit, but Hera Pheri was a remake of 1989 Malayalam film
Ramji Rao Speaking. The Malayalam version itself was conceived from a TV series named The Man Run from 1971.
The story of three men (Akshay Kumar,
Fardeen Khan), who looked after and in the process fell in love with a baby that somebody had dropped outside their door was a good mix of comedy and emotions. The movie was an adaptation of an English movie Three Men and a Baby (1987), but we initially saw it in French as Three Men and a Cradle (1985). The movie was remade in Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil as Chinnari Muddula Papa (1990), Thoovalsparsham (1990) and Asatahl (2001) respectively.
The 2015 action movie of a fourth-grade drop-out (Ajay Devgan) who saved his family from a danger with his common-sense was the fourth remake after it was made in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada, but the most successful of all was the Malayalam version under the same name in 2013.
Nishikant Kamat directed Force, starring
John Abraham and Genelia D’souza in the lead was about an NCB officer who chased an underworld gangster. The movie was a remake of 2003 Tamil movie Kaakha Kaakha that starred Suriya and Jyothika. The film also had a Telugu version Gharshana in 2004 and was made in Kannada as Dandam Dashagunam that released sometime around Force.
The story of a bodyguard (
Salman Khan) who guarded the daughter (Kareena Kapoor) of a man (
Raj Babbar) who had helped his mother in the past recorded the highest opening in 2011. The film was produced by Salman’s sister and brother-in-law and was the remake of Malayalam movie that released a year ago under the same name starring Dileep and Nayantara in the lead.
Not just Hollywood, Tollywood or Kollywood, this one was the remake of Jacky Chan’s Chinese movie Twin Dragon that released in 1992. Before Judwaa released in 1997 with Salman Khan, a Telugu version,
Hello Brother was already made in 1994 that cast
Akkineni Nagarjuna in a double role.
Kick is a Hindi action movie starring Salman Khan,
Jacqueline Fernandez and
Randeep Hooda in the lead. It centers on an unsuccessful man who gives way to some big robberies for a good reason after being rejected by his love.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the antagonist. The film was an official remake of Telugu language Kick featuring
Ravi Teja and Ileana D Cruz. Kannada and Tamil versions have also been made as
Super Ranga (2009) and Thillalangadi (2014).
With his fifth entry in our countdown, it seems Salman Khan quite makes box-office collections when his movies conceive of other languages. One more on his list is his romantic comedy Ready with Asin Thottumkal as his co-star. This movie was the remake of Telugu movie with the same name starring Ram and Genelia that released in 2008. Sallu’s Ready was the second highest grossing movie of 2011.
When we have mentioned all the actors that make high box-office collection with remakes, how can we forget the daredevil, Khiladi Kumar? His movie Holiday that inspired all of us with the idea that a soldier is never off duty, as the logo of the movie says, is based on the Tamil movie Thuppakki (2012) starring Vijay and
Kajal Aggarwal. Both the movies were directed by A.R. Murgadoss and were well acclaimed.
Another Akshay Kumar starred action movie in the list is Rowdy Rathore co-starring
Sonakshi Sinha and directed by Prabhu Deva that released in 2014 and was officially adopted from 2006 Telugu film Vikramarkudu featuring Ravi Teja and
Anushka Shetty. Besides Hindi, the movie was remade in several languages including Tamil, Kannada, Baegali and Bangladeshi Bengali.
18. Chachi 420
Tamil movie Avvai Shanmughi released in 1996 which was the directorial debut of
Kamal Haasan and also cast him in the lead. After its success, he decided to entertain the entire nation with the funny story, thus directed the same in Hindi entitled Chachi 420 in 1997 with Tabu as his co-star. The story centered on a middle-class man who disguised as a woman to get back his wife who was to divorce him soon.
Dostana is a comedy movie about two guys (John Abraham and
Abhishek Bachchan) who work as a photographer and a nurse and pretend to be gays in order to stay in a lavish apartment where men were not allowed. The flat belonged to
Priyanka Chopra, and in the process, both fall in love with her. Although it is not an official remake, it is quite inspired by 2007 released Hollywood film, ‘Now I Pronounce You Chuck and Larry’.
This action comedy was the official remake of 1983, Jeetendra starred movie with the same name. With the regular 80s track, the actress, who is the daughter of the antagonist falls in love with the simplicity and bravery of the hero, when he saves her life. The two plot against the villain and he apologizes to everybody for his past deeds in the climax. The original version was a blockbuster, but Sajid Khan’s experiment failed.