There are many Hindi remakes of South Indian films in Bollywood, whether they be in Malayalam, Telugu, or Tamil. Bollywood producers choose remakes of South Indian films that became hits due to their brilliant plots, screenwriting, and talented performers. And the list of films in this genre is enormous.
We’ve seen a lot of remakes in Bollywood throughout the years, and we’ll continue to see them as long as the cycle continues. Jersey was the most recent release, and there are many more on the way, including Anniyan (Aparichit), starring Ranveer Singh, Selfiee which is the remake of Driving License, starring Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi. However, only a few of these remake became hits in Bollywood too, like Rowdy Rathore, Housefull 2, Bodyguard, Singham, and Ready, among others and despite having the same plot and screenplay, a few films fail to perform well at the box office. We’ve gathered a list of a handful of them below.
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Youngistaan is a 2014 Hindi-language political film starring Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, and Farooq Sheikh. The film is a remake of the Telugu film Leader(2010), in which Rana Daggubati and Richa Gangopadhyay star. The story follows Arjun Prasad (Daggubati), who succeeds his father as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, and his fight against the corruption that plagues the political system. On the other hand, Youngistaan, received a poor response because it neither said anything new nor reinforced time-tested advice in a way that you actually wanted to pay attention to.
Tevar is a 2015 Hindi-language action film in India that is an approved remake of the Telugu film Okkadu from 2003. Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha star in the remake, which also features Manoj Bajpayee as the main antagonist. Mahesh Babu, Bhumika Chawla, and Prakash Raj appear in the original film, which was a box office hit. Tevar did not perform well at the box office, nor did it receive favourable reviews from the public or critics; it was just a case of poor direction, screenplay, and execution. Meanwhile, Mahesh Babu became an overnight celebrity after his performance in Okkadu, which won many honours.
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OK Jaanu is a 2017 romantic drama film based on Mani Ratnam’s Tamil film O Kadhal Kanmani in terms of screenplay and story. Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor act in the lead roles, while Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen star in the original film, which depicts a young couple in a live-in relationship in Mumbai. The original film received great reviews from critics, who praised the lead actors’ performances as well as the technical components of the picture. The film went on to be a financial success, performing exceptionally well at Indian and international multiplexes. Meanwhile, Ok Jaanu, a scene-for-scene remake that capitalises on memorable moments from the original film, has received mixed reviews.
Laxmii is a horror comedy film released in Hindi in 2020. It stars Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani and has Ayesha Raza Mishra, Rajesh Sharma, Ashwini Kalsekar, and Sharad Kelkar in prominent parts. It is a remake of the Tamil film Kanchana (2011). Although critics gave the first film mixed reviews, it was a commercial triumph. The film has been recreated multiple times, notably in Kannada as Kalpana, Sinhala as Maya, and Bengali as Mayabini in Bangladesh. The public and critics both gave Laxmii negative reviews.
Bachchhan Paandey is an action comedy film starring Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Arshad Warsi, released in 2022. It’s a remake of Jigarthanda, a Tamil film released in 2014 that was inspired by A Dirty Carnival, a South Korean film released in 2006. The storyline of Bachchhan Paandey was going to be a remake of the Tamil film Veeram, but the producers changed the storyline to create something new. Siddharth, Bobby Simha, Lakshmi Menon, Karunakaran, and Guru Somasundaram appear in the original film, which won two national honours. The remake, on the other hand, has a compelling story, but most of it was shown in a trailer that lasted less than two minutes. Bachchhan Paandey has no consistency.