From Hera Pheri to Dhadak-How good are these Bollywood Remakes

A number of regional films are remade into Bollywood every year and some of them turn out to be really good while some leave us disappointed. Here are eight Bollywood remakes of south Indian films and films of other languages. Let’s see how much justice they did to their originals!!

1. Dhadak(2018) vs Sairat(Marathi, 2016)


The original Marathi film Sairat turned out to be a blockbuster hit not just in Maharashtra but the entire nation in spite of having two newcomers.  With excellent scripting, realism, and spectacular performances, Sairat received reputation it well deserved.

 Now coming to its Bollywood remake Dhadak, was a more colorful version of Sairat with a film making style that disregarded the idea of realism (like most Bollywood films!!). The worst part about Dhadak movie is how it totally dodged the need to convey a powerful message Sairat tries to give. 

The end scene of Sairat had a much deeper impact than Dhadak’s ending.

However, the performances by the newbies Ishaan Khatter and Jhanvi Kapoor were convincing and they did a decent job in their debut film. 

2. Kabir Singh(2019) vs Arjun Reddy(2018, Telugu)

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Kabir Singh

Arjun Reddy was a huge commercial success and a big break for

actor Vijay Devarakonda. However, it is interesting to see how Arjun Reddy sneaked its way to success without getting hooked into the misogyny debate as it’s Bollywood adaptation, Kabir Singh.

Shahid Kapoor was the perfect choice for the movie Kabir Singh and did his job extremely well. Since Kabir Singh is an exact copy of its original, there is hardly any difference between the two, and watching either one would be just a matter of language preference!

3. Khatta Meetha vs Vellanakalude Naadu

Khatta Meetha vs Vellanakalude Naadu

While remaking an 80s  Malayalm movie almost twenty years later it is important to modify the story according to the time frame and cultural backdrop. Unfortunately, Khatta Meetha owes its box office failure to this simple fact. 

Vellanakalude Naadu is an extremely important movie that every Malayalee keep close to their hearts. Khatta Meetha tries to imitate this 80s movie without any modifications and therefore lags and bores its audience. 

4. OK Jaanu vs OK Kanmani

ok kanmani
OK Kanmani

OK Jaanu failed to create a profound impression like the original mainly because the latter showed the relationship and intimacy in a much more mature way than some random hook up. However, the chemistry between the leading pairs is amazing in both films.

 Dulquer and Nitya Menen seemed more convincing as Adi and Tara in this Maniratnam directorial. If I had a choice, I would undoubtedly pick OK Kanmani over OK Jaanu.

5. Hera Pheri vs Ramji Rao Speaking

Hera Pheri vs RamjiRao Speaking
Ramji Rao Speaking is one of the funniest films of the 80s and you can find millennials still having a hearty laugh after watching this film. Remaking it into Hera Phera, Priyadarshan did total justice to the storyline, adapting to the required time frame and cultural backdrop. Hera Pheri is as funny as Ramji Rao speaking( the trending Hera Pheri memes are a testimonial to that!). 

6. Saathiya vs Alaipayuthe


A Maniratnam film is a Maniratnam film in the end and no matter how you remake it, it is nearly impossible to recreate the same amount of freshness and beauty that he creates with his magical frames. Alaipayuthe stands out as Maniratnam’s finest romantic films and even today, after 20 years, has not lost its throne. 

Saathiya however was a pretty decent remake of the film with Rani Mukherjee and Vivek Oberoi reprising the roles of Shalini and Madhavan. It managed to be an average hit at the box office but failed to resonate as strong as Alaipayuthe.

7. Bhool Bhulaiyya vs Manichitrathaazhu

Manichitrathaazhu vs Bhool Bhulaiyya

A cult classic Malayalam movie, Manichitrathaazhu is one of the finest films ever made in Indian Cinema. Directed by Fazil, the film went on to earn a huge reputation and love from the audience. 

The film was remade in several languages but the only decent one was Bhool Bhulaiyya. Though not fully convincing to someone who has already watched the original, Bhool Bhulaiyya does a good job as a decent remake and also went on to set cash registers. 

8. Ghajini vs Ghajini


Seems like the titular villain remained the same in the remake as well. People say it’s really rare to love the remake more than the original, well, here we are! The Hindi adaptation of Ghajini is much better than the original. The remake is less of “entertainment masala” and more of sense and content. Maybe that’s why it went on to become the first film to garner 100 crores. 

The performances by the lead actors Suriya and Aamir Khan are incomparable and unique. The brilliance of director AR Murugadoss just leveled up in the remake. 

Ok, now a question for you!! With so many upcoming Bollywood remakes of south Indian movies, which film(irrespective of the language) do you wish never gets remade in Bollywood?
Drop your answers in the comments!!

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