Before Vikram Vedha, Bollywood had a history of remaking South Asian movies.
The decade of the 2000s saw the beginning of this trend, which was exemplified by Bollywood’s leading performers appearing in remakes of successful South Indian films such as Kick, Rowdy Rathore, and Ghajini. On the other hand, you probably anticipated that some of the best movies of the 1990s and the early 2000s were adaptations of films from the South.
We are talking about the Hindi films that we saw and enjoyed as children before we realized that they were adaptations of well-known South Indian movies. Some of them are direct translations, whilst others involve considerable changes from films originally made in Malayalam, Tamil, or Telugu.
Here are 7 Bollywood films you probably had no idea were remakes of South films:
1. Tere Naam
Tere Naam, starring Salman Khan, is a remake of the 1999 Tamil film Sethu, which starred Vikram and was released in India under the title Tere Naam.
The original film was made by Bala, and it has since been redone in a number of other languages, including Hindi, where it was directed by Satish Kaushik.
2. Hera Pheri
There aren’t too many people who are aware that the much-loved cult comedy Hera Pheri is really an adaptation from South India.
The 2000 adaptation of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking, which was directed by Priyadarshan, is widely recognized as being among the best Bollywood comedy that the filmmaker has ever produced.
3. Nayak: The Real Hero
Bollywood had never before produced a political drama like Anil Kapoor’s Nayak.
The movie was essentially a frame-for-frame remake of the Arjun Sarja and Manisha Koirala-starring Mudhalvan from 1999, which was first released in Tamil.
4. Garam Masala
After the success of Hera Pheri, filmmaker Priyadarshan created a number of remakes in Hindi, including one called Garam Masala, which starred Akshay Kumar and John Abraham.
However, it was really a duplicate of his own Malayalam film Boeing Boeing, which was released in 1985. Boeing Boeing was, in turn, a replica of the movie that had the same name and was released in 1965.
5. Raja Babu
Another film starring David Dhawan, Judwaa, was a remake of a Telugu movie called Hello Brother that was first released in 1994 and featured Nagarjuna Akkineni. Judwaa even has a sequel starring Varun Dhawan.
The action comedy Twin Dragons, which was released in Hong Kong in 1992 and starred Jackie Chan, was another source of inspiration for the Tamil film.