South Indian Twist
What does Kabir Singh, Kick, Bodyguard, Wanted and Ghajini have in common? Well, all these films are “official Hindi remakes” of some of the biggest blockbusters in the South Indian film industry. While you might know about some of these films being a remake, some surely come as a shocker. Like, did you know the hit Vivek Oberoi and Rani Mukerji starer, Saathiya was actually a remake of Tamil film, Alaipayuthey? Or that the out-of-the-box comedy horror, Bhul Bhulaiya was an official remake of 1993 Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu. In fact, classic movies like Hera Pheri, Nayak, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein and even Sooryavansham are all inspired or remakes of South Indian films.
Now, don’t get us wrong, we are always up for three hours of full masala entertainment. However, the big question always pops up in our head - what is Bollywood’s obsession with remaking South Indian films? While trying to decode this million-dollar question, the only possible reason that comes to our mind is that Hindi-movie goers never get tired of over-the-top drama, action and romance that these movies have to offer.
Let’s be real, films are our escape from reality and nothing makes this escapade more exciting than some physics-defying action sequences and far-from-reality romantic gestures. This is exactly the emotion that the Bollywood fraternity banks on while “officially remaking” a movie from down South. Also, when big names like Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh and Aamir Khan star in such remakes, the film is bound to be a box office success.
Moral of the story? You may love them or hate them, but the truth is these remakes and “inspirations” aren’t going away anytime soon. You’ll soon see Shahid Kapoor starting in Jersey, which is based on a 2019 Telugu film with the same name and if reports are to be believed Ajay Devgn may soon star in the Hindi remake of hit South Indian film Kaithi.