South remakes in Bollywood that failed to hit the mark
South remakes in Bollywood that failed to hit the mark
| March 18, 2023, 13:15 IST
South Indian remakes continue to entice audiences as they return to the theatres to witness expensive Bollywood films. Movies with a lot of content but also a lot of general appeal, like Manichitrathazhu (1993) in Malayalam which was remade into Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), and Singam (2010) in Tamil which was remade into Singham (2011), have long served as models for successful Bollywood remakes of South Indian films. As a result of franchise hits like these acquiring much-needed renown, film critics continue to advocate remakes of popular South Indian films starring Bollywood superstars. The fundamental appeal of a successful South Indian film is a strong and well-liked narrative, along with the star power of the leads. Bollywood has attempted to imitate this look and adapt the plot of these movies in an effort to gain popularity throughout India. With a few hits and misses, the method appears to have been effective so far.
These popular regional films have a high recall value, which Bollywood producers love to capitalise on, but there also appears to be a change in viewer expectations. It has been noted that instead of the tried-and-true remake formula, the general public today prefers something new and intriguing. All things considered, however, several Bollywood remakes like Wanted, Hera Pheri, and Singham have been some of the biggest successes of performers with immense star power like Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Ajay Devgn, and these are still avidly watched on OTT.
Pushpa: The Rise, starring Allu Arjun, premiered in theatres in December 2021 and quickly became a huge success in Hindi markets all over the world. The North Belt was soon rocked by a deluge of Hindi remakes of South films. With the exception of Drishyam 2, many of the remakes failed to live up to the success of the original South movies. Several producers from the Hindi film business have acquired the rights to popular films produced in the Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam film industries throughout the years.
It’s safe to conclude that Bollywood remakes have become increasingly popular in 2022. There were many remakes, but only a handful of them were successful. Even well-known actors like Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan chose the adaptation, but they quickly discovered their mistake. The majority of these movies ultimately didn’t perform well at the box office. Here we bring you the list of Hindi remakes of South films that did not hit the mark.
Disclaimer: All figures are from internet sources.
Shahid Kapoor chose yet another Telugu movie for a remake after Kabir Singh. Together with Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapoor, it stars Shahid Kapoor as a former cricket player who returns to the sport to fulfil his son’s ambition of purchasing a Jersey shirt. Jersey was made with the utmost commitment, yet it was released when people were still hesitant to go back to the movies. For a budget of 70 crores, it made 27.9 crores at the box office worldwide. Jersey performed poorly at the box office despite positive reception from critics but was soon made available on OTT which gave it a new life.
After Bhool Bhulaiya 2, Shehzada might have been Kartik Aaryan’s next big-budget movie. The Telugu hit Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, which starred Allu Arjun in the lead role, has been officially remade into Shehzada. Although Kartik Aaryan managed to create buzz during a tour of North India the movie didn’t perform well at the box office. It’s concerning that South remakes continue to struggle to get traction in Bollywood. As of recently, the film has collected a gross of 47.20 crores with a budget of 75 crores.
Nikamma failed to impress the audience, and it was reflected in its box office numbers. The movie was a remake of Middle Class Abbayi, a box office smash starring Nani and Sai Pallavi. The film centres on a young, carefree man who is unemployed and at odds with his sister-in-law, who is more responsible. Yet, they will need to work together to combat a common foe. The Shilpa Shetty starrer struggled with slow response at the box office. It collected 1.77 crores with a budget of 22 crores.
Jigarthanda, starring Siddharth and directed by Karthik Subbaraj, was the inspiration for Akshay Kumar’s Bachchhan Paandey. In order to excel in the film business, Myra (Kriti Sanon) decides to base her next film on legendary hooligan Bachchhan Paandey (Akshay Kumar). As the mobster decides to act in the movie, things become problematic. The movie was a failure at the box office that failed to capture the charm of the original. The film also faced heavy competition from The Kashmir Files, which was released one week earlier causing it to tumble at the box office. It collected 73.17 crores at the box office worldwide as opposed to a budget of 165 crores.
Vikram Vedha, a much-anticipated remake of the 2017 Tamil film of the same name, met all the criteria for a big-budget success. It was the major Hindi release during the Durga Puja-Navratri week with the action thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan. However, Vikram Vedha did not do as well as the original at the box office, earning 135.03 crores, less than its Rs 180 crore budget.
Emraan Hashmi and Akshay Kumar’s Selfiee, which premiered in theatres on February 24, 2023. Despite the anticipation, the film completely failed to impress both critics and moviegoers, flopping at the box office. Raj Mehta directed Selfiee, the Hindi adaptation of the Malayalam film Driving License. Akshay Kumar plays the lead role in this film, which also stars Emraan as a police officer. As female lead actresses, Diana Penty and Nushrrat Bharuccha are also featured in the film. While the estimated budget of the film was around 110 crores it collected only 23.33 crores at the box office.