Six worst Remakes of regional Films in BollywoodJul 27, 2018
Bollywood and remakes go hand-in-hand. There have been many instances of movies from Hollywood and other regional Indian languages being remade into Hindi movies. There have also been instances of classic Hindi films being remade to suit the current times. However, it is always a gamble whether the remakes will turn out to be as successful as the original movies.
Whether it is a regional film or an international film or a classic, the biggest challenge for filmmakers is to gauge the strong points of the original film and adapt it to the tastes and sensibilities of the current audience.
It is a tricky business and many a time the essence of the original gets lost amidst all the efforts that filmmakers take to recreate the magic.
Regional films, especially from down south have been remade in Bollywood regularly and some have turned out to become even bigger hits than their regional versions. However, there have also been many remakes that turned out to become disasters. Here are some of the worst remakes of regional films from south India that failed badly.
Ekk Deewana Tha
This is a remake of the Tamil hit film Vinnaithandi Varuvaya which was also made in Telugu as Ye Maya Chesave. The chemistry between the lead pairs of the original film was completely missing in the Hindi version. It looks like the casting did not work out at all as the female lead, Amy Jackson, did not look relatable to the story and the male lead, Prateik Babbar, did not add much value to the already mediocre narrative.
A remake of the Tamil film by the same name, this one turned out to be a record for the worst performances ever from the lead actors Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan. In fact, it turned out to be the start of Fardeen Khan’s career’s downward spiral. While the director of the film, S.J.Suyra, managed to create the same roaring success of the Tamil film in Telugu as well, he failed to replicate the same in Hindi. Even though the original film is considered to be like a modern day classic love story, the Hindi version was not even watchable. This looks like a serious case of magic getting lost in translation.
This movie was a remake of a Tamil movie by the same name starring Madhavan and Meera Jasmine. The super-entertaining Tamil flick was lapped up for its interesting narrative, fast-paced story, memorable music and the crackling chemistry between the lead pair. Sadly, the Hindi version that starred Abhishek Bachchan and Bhumika Chawla did not even remotely match up to the original. The film fell short mainly because of the inability of the lead pair to deliver convincing performances.
Force had hottie John Abraham playing a cop and was the remake of the Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha. The Tamil film was a beautiful coming together of one of the finest performances of the lead actor Suriya and a great screenplay. The antagonist of the film was also very different from usual and played a big role in the success of the movie. In Hindi, Vidyut Jamwal made his debut in the film and gave a good performance as the antagonist. However, the overall magic of the original film was just not there in the Hindi version and it failed to recreate the success of the Tamil film.
The Malayalam film Hitler starring Mammootty in the lead was a film that got remade in many other regional languages for its strong characterisation and mass appeal. Even though it did well in other languages, the Hindi version failed to match up. Starring Suniel Shetty and Rambha, Krodh just never clicked.
This one was a remake of the super hit Telugu film Okkadu. It catapulted the lead actor of the film, Mahesh Babu, to the league of bankable superstars in the Telugu film industry. However, the Hindi remake starring Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha turned out to be quite a damp squid. The Hindi version had all the essential ingredients for a flop including badly written characters, below-average acting, forgettable music and a narrative that barely kept you awake.