In this list of remakes, we will be seeing a lot of Salman Khan movies as he must be credited for the popularizing the trend of South Indian remakes in Bollywood, if not started it. Yet another Salman Khan starer, that made in this list is a 2003 romantic drama, Tere Naam. Directed by Satish Kaushik, Tere Naam was actually an official remake of Tamil blockbuster Sethu, starring Vikram in the lead role. Owing to its success in the Tamil and Hindi version, the movie was remade in Kannada as Huchcha and Telugu as Seshu.
Gabbar Singh (Telugu)
Salman Khan is known for remakes, but his superhit blockbuster film Dabangg was original and it was remade in Tamil and Telugu Languages. Tamil Remake of Dabangg was just average and Telugu Remake of Dabangg was a blockbuster film starring Pawan Kalyan earned more than 150 crore at the box office. Gabbar Singh is one of the highest grossing Telugu movies ever.
Although not as successful as the others, Ready had been yet another Salman Khan starrer film, which was an official remake of Telugu blockbuster with the same title, starring Ram and Genelia in the lead roles. The lead roles were reprised by Salman Khan and Asin in its Hindi remake. The movie was also remade in Tamil as Uthama Puthiran starring Dhanush and Genelia while in Kannada as Raam.
Kempe Gowda (Kannada)
Singham is a 2011 Bollywood action film directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Ajay Devgn, Kajal Agarwal and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles. The film was the official remake of Tamil superhit action drama of the same title, starring Surya and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles. Owing to the film’s huge success, the movie was later remade in Kannada as Kempe Gowda, Hindi as Singham, Bengali as Shotru.
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Gabbar Is Back
Vishnu Sena (Kannada)
The South Indian movie remakes are fully dominated by the likes of Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar in Bollywood. Gabbar is Back is one such movie starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role as Gabbar. The movie is an official remake of Tamil film Ramanna, starring Vijaykanth in the lead role. The film garnered huge success at the box office and acclaimed positive reviews from the critics. As a result, it was remade in Telugu as Tagore with Chiranjeevi as the lead, Kannada as Vishnu Sena with Vishnuvardhan in the lead and later in Hindi as Gabbar is Back with Akshay Kumar.
Tevar was a disaster at the box office. However, it finds a place on this list because it is an official remake of Telugu blockbuster Okaddu, starring Mahesh Babu in the lead role. It is also known as the movie that led Mahesh Babu to stardom instantly. The movie repeated its success when it was remade in Tamil as Ghilli, starring Vijay in the lead. Later, the movie was made in Hindi as Tevar, starring Arjun Kapoor and Bengali as Jor, both of which were a disaster at the box office.
A Common Man (Hollywood/Srilankan Film)
A Wednesday is a 2008 Bollywood thriller drama directed by Neeraj Pandey, starring veteran actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in the lead roles. The film is one of the best movies produced in India that included no big stars or heroes in the movie, but fully focused on characters that were brought to life by the great acting skills of Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. This inspiring movie was later remade in Tamil as Unnaipol Oruvan and Telugu as Eeenadu, starring Kamal Hassan reprising the role of Naseeruddin Shah in the Hindi version while Mohanlal and Daggubati Venkatesh donning the role of Anupam Kher in Tamil and Telugu version respectively. It was one of the first Bollywood films, that was not only remade in different regional languages but also as an independent English movie in Sri Lanka titled as A Common Man, starring Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross.
Khushi is yet another box office failure that couldn’t repeat the huge success garnered by its original version in Tamil titled Kushi, starring Vijay and Jyothika in the lead roles. These roles were reprised by Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the Hindi remake. The movie was also remade in Telugu under the same name and twice in Kannada as Chandu and Eno Onthara.
Prana Snehitulu and Kondapalli Raja (Telugu)
Khudgarz is a 1987 Bollywood movie based on friendship, starring Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha in the lead roles along with Amrita Singh, Bhanupriya, Govinda and Neelam in pivotal roles. The theme of the movie was derived from Jeffrey Archer’s best selling novel, Kane and Abel. The movie also marked the directorial debut of Rakesh Roshan and was considered a hit at the box office. The movie was later remade in Tamil as Annamalai with Rajnikanth and Sarath Babu in the lead roles as well as it was also remade twice in Telugu as Prana Snehitulu and Kondapalli Raja.