Top 15 South Indian Movies That Are Remade In Bollywood

south indian movies that are remade in bollywood

The South Film Industry has always been an inspiration for the Hindi film industry. Since the Seventies, remakes have been the staple diet for Bollywood. Most of the famous Bollywood movies are based on South Indian Movies. It does not mean that Bollywood is not creative enough. There are Bollywood movies that are remade in the South film industry as well. However, today let’s check out the list of South Indian movies that are remade in Bollywood.

1) Virasat – Thevar Magan (Tamil)

virasat movie with anil kapoor, tabu and pooja batra
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This movie was remade after the huge hit of the Tamil film “Thevar Magan”. “Virasat” is a Full Action-Drama film that is penned by Kamal Haasan. “Virasat” received sixteen nominations at the 43rd Filmfare Awards. The blockbuster movie features Anil Kapoor, tabu, and late Amrish Puri in lead roles.

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Late Amrish Puri, Pooja Batra, Govind Namdeo
Release date: 30 May 1997
Genre: Action Drama
Watch On: Zee5

2) Sadma – Moondram Pirai (Tamil)

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The film was a remake of Mahendra’s own 1982 Tamil film “Moondram Pirai”. Combo of Romance and Drama, this movie stars Kamal and Sridevi in lead roles. Even though this movie commercially failed, Sridevi’s performance was widely praised.

IMDb Ratings: 8.4/10
Cast: Sridevi Kapoor, Kamal Hasan, Gulshan Grover
Release date: 08 Jul 1983
Genre: Romance Drama
Watch On: Prime Video

3) Biwi No 1 – Sathi Leelavati (Tamil)

Biwi no. 1 movie poster with salman khan, karishma kapoor, tabu and anil kapoor
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This movie is a remake of the 1995 Tamil film “Sathi Leelavathi”. “Biwi No.1” is a Comedy- Classical Drama film produced by Vashu Bhagnani and directed by David Dhawan. The film was remade in India in 1999, and it featured Karishma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, and Tabu.

IMDb Ratings: 5.7/10
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen
Release date: 28 May 1999
Genre: Comedy- Classical Drama
Watch On: Disney+Hotstar

4) Judaai – Subhalagnam (Telugu)

Judaai movie with sridevi, urmila matodrkar and anil kapoor
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“Judaai” is a melodrama comedy film that is the remake of the Telugu film “Subhalagnam”. This movie is directed by Raj Kanwar and featured Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, and Urmilla Matondkar in the lead roles. The film was widely praised for the performances of the actors.

IMDb Ratings: 6.1/10
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Urmilla Matondkar
Release date: 01 Feb 1997
Genre: Melodrama Comedy
Watch On: Zee5

5) Judwaa – Hello Brother (Malayalam)

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The film is a remake of the Telugu film “Hello Brother” (1994). This action-comedy film was produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by David Dhawan. The original South Indian film was inspired by the Hong Kong action-comedy film “Twin Dragons” (1992).

IMDb Ratings: 6.1/10
Cast: Salman Khan, Karishma, Kadar Khan
Release date: Feb 07, 1997
Genre: Action Comedy
Watch On: Disney+Hotstar

6) Hera Pheri – Ramji Rao Speaking (Malayalam)

hera pheri one of the popular comedy movies
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This movie follows the storyline of a TV show “See The Man Run”. Later, it was copied by the Malayalam Film Industry in the name of “Ramji Rao Speaking”. After that, Bollywood remade it as well with the name of “Hera Pheri”. It is an all-time favorite movie for all movie lovers.

IMDb Ratings: 7/10
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal
Release date: Mar 31, 2000
Genre: Action Comedy
Watch On: Prime Video

7) Saathiya – Alaipayuthey (Tamil)

saathiya movie poster with vivek oberoi and rani mukherjee
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“Saathiya” is a romantic drama film produced by Mani Ratnam and Yash Chopra and directed by Shaad Ali. With Shah Rukh Khan and Tabu in special appearances, we see Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji in lead roles. This movie was one of the best romantic movies in India.

IMDb Ratings: 6.8/10
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji, Shah Rukh Khan, Tanuja
Release date: Dec 20, 2002
Genre: Romantic Drama
Watch On: Prime Video

8) Nayak – Mudhalvan (Tamil)

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Applauding the performances of Kapoor and Puri, critics gave mixed reviews to “Nayak”. People clapped at the performances of the cast and special effects. This movie is a re-creation of a Tamil-language film “Mudhalvan” that is directed by S. Shankar in Bollywood.

IMDb Ratings: 7.8/10
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Rani Mukherji
Release date: Sep 07, 2001
Genre: Action Drama
Watch On: Disney+ Hotstar

9) Paheli – Nagamandala (Kannada)

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This fantasy film is a remake of the Kannada language film “Nagamandala”. Interestingly, the working title of the movie was “Ghost Ka Dost”. However, later it changed to “Paheli”. This movie was India’s certified entry to the 2006 Oscars.

IMDb Ratings: 6.5/10
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Anupam Kher, Amitabh Bachchan
Release date: 24 Jun 2005
Genre: Drama Fantasy
Watch On: Netflix

10) Swades – Chigurida Kanasu (Kannada)

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The film was well-thought-out and was ahead of its time. Shahrukh’s presentation in this film is one of the finest performances of his profession. The film was produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. Swades is inspired by the Kannada novel “Chigurida Kanasu”.

IMDb Ratings: 8.2/10
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi
Release date: 17 Dec 2004
Genre: Drama
Watch On: Prime Video

11) Garam Masala – Boeing Boeing (Malayalam)

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This film has been regarded as one of the best Bollywood films and has gained a cult following. It is a remake of Priyadarshan’s own 1985 film “Boeing Boeing”. Akshay Kumar was awarded best actor in a Comic Role for the film “Garam Masala”.

IMDb Ratings: 6.7/10
Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Paresh Rawal
Release date: 03 Nov 2005
Genre: Comedy
Watch On: Disney+Hotstar

12) Bhool Bhulaiyaa – Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam), Chandramukhi (Tamil)

bhool bhulaiyaa is a cult-classic Bollywood horror movie
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“Bhool Bhulaiyaa” is a psychological horror comedy film produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar and directed by Priyadarshan. The film was a vast profitable success and received universal critical acclaim. It also attained cult status in Hindi cinema.

IMDb Ratings: 7.3/10
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja, Ameesh Patel, Paresh Rawal
Release date: Oct 12, 2007
Genre: Psychological Horror Comedy
Watch On: Netflix

13) Ghajini – Ghajini (Tamil)

ghajini with aamin khan
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This is a remake of Murugadoss’s own 2005 Tamil film of the same name. “Ghajini” is an action thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss. It turned into the highest-grossing Indian film of the year in 2008. Besides that, it is also the foremost Bollywood film to cross the ₹100 crore mark.

IMDb Ratings: 7.3/10
Cast: Amir Khan, Asim, Jiah Khan
Release date: Dec 25, 2008
Genre: Action thriller
Watch On: Zee5

14) Drishyam – Drishya (Kannada), Drushyam (Telugu), Papanasam (Tamil)

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The film is a remake of the 2013 Malayalam-language film. “Drishyam” was directed by Nishikant Kamat and was jointly produced by Ajit Andhare, Abhishek Pathak, and Kumar Mangat Pathak. It grossed ₹1,110.5 million worldwide and ₹938.5 million in India.

IMDb Ratings: 8.2/10
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Tabu, Ishita Dutta, Rajat Kapoor
Release date: Jul 31, 2015
Genre: Thriller
Watch On: Disney+Hotstar

15) Rowdy Rathore – Vikramarkudu (Telugu)

rowdy rathore movie poster with akshay kumar
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A remake of the 2006 Telugu blockbuster “Vikramarkudu” is based on an original story written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. The Hindi-language action-comedy film was produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Prabhu Deva. The film was declared a blockbuster at the box office.

IMDb Ratings: 5.7/10
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
Release date: Jun 01, 2012
Genre: Action Comedy
Watch On: Netflix