Off late, Bollywood has been aping the South style of making commercial potboilers and undoubtedly, the same has worked in favor of the industry. Though the lack of originality in making remakes is evident, the Bollywood versions have reached out to a larger gamut of audiences than what the sleek vernacular films attempted on a much smaller level or scale. Most South remakes have made for the biggest franchise films in Bollywood.
Let’s inspect closely how each of these South remakes have been altered to match Bollywood sensibilities and how they have fared.
Singam Versus Singham
So Superstar Suriya began Singam on momentous note. The film scored off to become a cult classic and it wasn’t long before Rohit Shetty adapted the soul and made the film his own. Bajirao Singham became an icon for the Police Department all over the country. Years later, as the two films have evened out in terms of profits, franchise value and brand creation, they both scored the same when it comes to getting love from its audiences.
Holiday Versus Thuppakki
A.R Murugadoss in an interview told us how he had to alter the latter for the Hindi sensibility of a wider range of audience. Akshay Kumar donning the pivotal character in the film, the former in terms of critical acclaim slackened more than the Tamil version. Thuppakki was tighter,crisper and better paced as a film. Though Holiday scored off to a good lifetime number, the Tamil version is anyday a better film. Yet again, both were hits afterall.
Ready Versus Uthamaputhiran
Salman Khan and Dhanush are both two extraordinary superstars. But the difference persists. Dhanush is a much better, impromptu actor and Uthamaputhiran wasn’t all lame like Ready. Ready was panned by critics despite being a superhit. Critics found the plot ordinary , and the humor stupid mostly. Uthamaputhiran on the other hand was received better by both critics and audiences. A fan of the film Amrutha Swamy, told Koimoi, “I think that was the ability of Dhanush, his effortless intensity at being humorous and serious, that gets him such a huge fan base. His chemistry with Genelia was adorable.”
Wanted Versus Pokkiri
Prabhudheva was heavily inspired by the Tamil film Pokkiri and he made it into a film that was to create the crazy magical phenomena of Salman Khan. Much before he became Dabangg, he created a strong fan base with Wanted, also Vijay achieved similar star status with Pokkiri. Both were box office superhits but Wanted became a more noticeable film for the thrills, the action and mostly for moulding Salman Khan into the ‘Bhai’ stature he enjoys amongst fans.
The film is indeed a remake but very little of the original was retained in the Bollywood version. The Salman Khan starrer was more of a glorified spectacle which would have passed off as Dhoom 4. The film was a superhit and scored over to over 250 crores of business in India. The range of the Telegu film from which it was extracted was limited. It received mixed reviews but that too went on to be a box office blockbuster.