Top 5 Southern Remakes of Bollywood Films
There is nothing more heart-warming than the story of a happy family in our films. And the Indian film industry is one such family where its northern and southern cousins share the perfect bonhomie of give-and-take. While many Bollywood films have borrowed their plots from South Indian hits, they have also returned the favour. A number of successful southern hits have borrowed their plot from Bollywood and here’s a look at the top 5 such remakes:
1. Shankar Dada Zindabad:
The 2007 Telugu hit is inspired by Raj Kumar Hirani’s blockbuster hit Lage Raho Munnabhai. The lovable goon Munna was played by Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, while Srikanth played his sidekick ATM (Any Time Murder). Directed by Prabhudeva, the film stayed true to the plot of the original Hindi film but couldn’t really match its box office success.
2. Kanden Kadhalai:
The fun and joie de vivre of Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met was reprised in its Tamil remake. Actors Bharath and Tamannaah’s cracking chemistry won over fans and turned the film into one of the most watched romantic comedies of Tamil cinema
3. Unnaipol Oruvan:
If you thought that the gripping drama of Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday could not be matched, Unnaipol Oruvan, its Tamil remake just took it a notch higher. Starring southern film industry’s behemoths Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal, the thriller kept audiences on the edge of their seats.
Based on Raj Kumar Hirani’s mega-hit 3 Idiots, the Tamil film was successfully remade by master storyteller Shankar. Starring Vijay, Jiiva and Srikanth in the titular roles, the film was not a literal translation of the Hindi film and infused a healthy dose of regional flavour.
5. Gopala Gopala:
Finding its inspiration from the 2012-hit OMG- Oh My God!, the film starred Daggubati Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan playing the roles of Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal respectively. Due to its unique take on faith, Gopala Gopala ran into some trouble with religious outfits but its box office performance remained unaffected by the controversy.