Bollywood never fails to deliver quality entertainment and amusement, even though as an industry it produces hundreds of films annually. Encompassing all genres from thrillers to comedies, biographies and romance sagas, Bollywood serves all. What may be unknown to many is that quite a few of Bollywood’s biggest hits and most remarkable and significant films are in reality, remakes of films and productions that were first spotted on the South Indian film industry’s silver screens. Notably, the very recent release of Kabir Singh was originally made in Telugu by Sandeep Vanga and entitled Arjun Reddy; the movie tells the story of a surgeon whose life takes a disastrous turn with the end of his romantic relationship, and assures audiences and fans to be a captivating watch.
Ghajini, which was released in 2018, with protagonist Aamir Khan was given life both in Tamil and Hindi by the same director, A R Murugadoss. Unbeknownst to some, Bollywood’s version made an alteration in the climax scene and was also co-written by Aamir Khan. Interestingto note that Ghajini was the highest-grossing Indian film of 2008.
Another hit, Paheli (2005) was originally called Nagamandala and was released in 1997. Nagamandala magically brought an old folk tale to life on the silver screen, and years later, was re-created into a moving Bollywood fantasy film set in Rajasthan. The story originated from IRL. The not-so-basic love story didn’t just open the ninth Zimbabwe International Film Festival; it also earned a National Film Award.
Lastly, Judwaa (1997) was originally released in Telugu as Hello Brother in 1994. If you were under the impression that Varun Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 from 2017 was the only re-creation of this much-loved comedy, you’re in for a surprise. 1997’s version of Judwaa, which had Salman Khan play the protagonist, was in actuality a remake of Telugu film Hello Brother. Surprisingly, Hello Brother itself was a copy of Cantonese film Twin Dragons (1992).