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From 'Andhadhun' To 'Munna Bhai': 9 Popular Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South



With the huge success of the dubbed Hindi release of Pushpa: The Rise and the subsequent controversy around the theatrical release of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Hindi version and its official Hindi remake Shehzada, Bollywood has once again come under a scanner. 

The fact that there are more than 20 Hindi remakes of different South Indian films in works currently didn’t help its case either. 

However, it is not always that the Hindi film industry remakes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam films, there have also been times when South Indian films remake Bollywood films. 

In fact, the trend of remaking Hindi films in different South Indian languages has been there since the ‘60s. During that time, most of the Amitabh Bachchan blockbusters used to be remade in the South with a number of them starring Rajinikanth. 

Having said that, I do agree that in recent years, the number of Bollywood films being remade in the South has gone down by a huge margin. 

Nevertheless, here’s a look at 9 popular Bollywood films that were remade in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam: 

1. Hindi Film: AndhaDhun (2018)

Telugu Remake: Maestro (2021)

Malayalam Remake: Bhramam (2021)

Tamil Remake (upcoming): Andhagan (2022)

Andhadhun © Viacom18

Sriram Raghavan’s 2018 hit starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte and Tabu is one of the most recent Hindi films to be remade in multiple South Indian languages. 

While its Telugu and Malayalam remakes were released last year, the Tamil remake will be out this year. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Sreshth Movies

The Telugu remake titled Maestro starred Nithiin, Nabha Natesh and Tamannaah.

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © AP International

Malayalam remake titled Bhramam starred Prithviraj, Raashi Khanna and Mamta Mohandas. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Staar Movies

The upcoming Tamil remake titled Andhagan stars Prashanth, Priya Anand and Simran. 

2. Hindi Film: Munna Bhai MBBS (2003)

Tamil Remake: Vasool Raja MBBS (2004)

Telugu Remake: Shankar Dada MBBS (2004)

Kannada Remake: Uppi Dada MBBS (2006)

Munna Bhai MBBS © Vinod Chopra Productions

Rajkumar Hirani’s directorial debut, Munna Bhai MBBS starring Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Gracy Singh, Boman Irani and Sunil Dutt released and became a cult hit. A year later, its Tamil and Telugu remakes were released and in 2006, its Kannada remake hit the screens. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Gemini Film Circuit

The Tamil remake titled Vasool Raja MBBS starred Kamal Haasan, Prabhu, Sneha and Prakash Raj.  

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Gemini Film Circuit

The Telugu remake titled Shankar Dada MBBS starred Chiranjeevi, Srikanth, Sonali Bendre and Paresh Rawal. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Gemini Film Circuit

The Kannada remake titled Uppi Dada MBBS starred Upendra, Chi Guru Dutt, Uma and Anant Nag.  

The film was also remade in Sri Lanka in the Sinhala language titled Dr Nawariyan. 

3. Hindi Film: Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

Telugu Remake: Shankar Dada Zindabad (2007)

Lage Raho Munna Bhai © Vinod Chopra Productions

Munna Bhai MBBS sequel Lage Raho Munna Bhai marked the return of Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi as Munna & Circuit, respectively. The film also featured Vidya Balan, Boman Irani and Dilip Prabhavalkar. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Gemini Film Circuit

A year later, its Telugu remake, a sequel to Shankar Dada MBBS titled Shankar Dada Zindabad was released starring Chiranjeevi, Srikanth, Karishma Kotak, Sayaji Shinde and Dilip Prabhavalkar. 

4. Hindi Film: A Wednesday (2008)

Tamil Remake: Unnaipol Oruvan (2009)

Telugu Remake: Eenadu (2009) 

A Wednesday © Friday Filmworks

Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher, A Wednesday is directed by Neeraj Pandey. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Raaj Kamal Films

It was remade in Tamil as Unnaipol Oruvan starring Kamal Haasan and Mohanlal.

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Raaj Kamal Films

And in Telugu as Eenadu starring Kamal Haasan and Venkatesh. 

5. Hindi Film: 3 Idiots (2009) 

Tamil Remake: Nanban (2012)

3 Idiots © Vinod Chopra Films

One of the biggest blockbusters of Indian cinema, Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Boman Irani was remade in Tamil in 2012. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Gemini Film Circuit

Directed by Shankar, Nanban starring Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D’Cruz and Sathyaraj. 

6. Hindi Film: Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)

Tamil Remake: Aha Kalyanam (2014)

Telugu Remake (unofficial): Jabardasth (2013) 

Band Baaja Baaraat © Yash Raj Films

Ranveer Singh’s acting debut Band Baaja Baaraat co-starring Anushka Sharma and directed by Maneesh Sharma was officially remade in 2014 in Tamil titled Aha Kalyanam. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Yash Raj Films

A year before its official remake, Band Baaja Baaraat was unofficially remade in Telugu titled Jabardasth. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Sri Sai Ganesh Productions

While the Tamil version starred Nani and Vaani Kapoor, the Telugu remake featured Siddharth and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. 

7. Hindi Films: Delhi Belly (2011)

Tamil Remake: Settai (2013)

Delhi Belly © Aamir Khan Productions

Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly directed by Abhinay Deo starring Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © UTV Motion pictures

The film was remade in Tamil as Settai starring Arya, Hansika Motwani, Anjali, Santhanam and Premji. 

8. Hindi Film: OMG - Oh My God (2012)

Telugu Remake: Gopala Gopala (2015) 

Kannada Remake: Mukunda Murari (2016)

OMG - Oh My God © Viacom18

Starring Paresh Rawal, Mithun Chakraborty, Govind Namdeo and Akshay Kumar, OMG - Oh My God is helmed by Umesh Shukla.

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Suresh Productions

Its Telugu remake starred Venkatesh, Mithun Chakraborty, Posani Krishna Murali, Shriya Saran and Pawan Kalyan. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © MNK Movies

The Kannada remake starred Upendra, Nikita Thukral, Ravi Shankar and Sudeep. 

9. Hindi Film: Jab We Met (2007)

Tamil Remake: Kanden Kadhalai (2009)

Jab We Met © Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Limited

Imtiaz Ali’s Jab We Met starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor was remade in Tamil as Kanden Kadhalai. 

Bollywood Films That Were Remade In South © Moser Baer

The Tamil remake starred Bharath and Tamannaah in the lead roles.

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