Mohanlal has a lot of blockbusters to his credit and his movies have always had a pan-Indian appeal. And that might be the prime reason why many of his movies have been remade to other Indian languages.
We are quite sure that you all have heard a lot about the
remakes of popular Mohanlal movies like Drishyam,
Manichithrathazhu etc. But, there are many other Mohanlal
movies, which have been remade to other languages.
Here we list some of the lesser known other language remakes of
Chithram (1988) – Pyar Hua Chori Chori (1991)
Not many know that Chithram was remade to Hindi, back
in the year 1991. The film, which was titled as Pyar Hua Chori
Chori had Mithun Chakraborthy and Gouthami in the lead roles.
The film couldn't meet the same success as that of
Kakkakuyil (2001) – London (2005)
Kakkakuyil, which had Mohanlal and Mukesh in the lead
roles was one of the biggest hits of the year 2000. The film,
reportedly had an unofficial remake in Tamil. Titled as London, the
film featured Prashanth in the lead role and had close similarities
Kireedam (1989) – Gardish (1993)
Kireedam, which fetched Mohanlal his first national
recognition, has had a Hindi remake, in the form of
Gardish. In fact, it was Priyadarshan who made the movie
in Hindi with Jackie Shroff in the lead role. The film is lesser
known since it was made much before Priyadarshan became a
well-known director in Bollywood
Vellanakalude Naadu (1988) – Khatta Meetha (2010)
Priyadarshan-Mohanlal team's Vellanakalude Naadu, which
released in the year 1988, was remade into Hindi, as Khatta
Meetha, with Akshay Kumar in the lead role. The film couldn't
manage a good run at the box office.
Narasimham (2000) – Adhipathi (2001)
Narasimham is one of the biggest hits in the career of
Mohanlal. The storyline of the film was not feasible for an
industry like Bollywood. But, the film had a Telugu remake in the
form of Adhipathi, which had actor Mohan Babu reprising
the role of Mohanlal. Actor Nagarjuna portrayed the role done by
Mammootty in the original.
Spadikam (1995) – Mr Theertha (2010)
Spadikam, which released in the year 1995 has a cult
fan following among the Malayalam film audiences. The film was
remade to Tamil as well, in the form of Veeraapu. But, not
many know that the Kannada film Mr Theertha, starring
Sudeep in the lead role had its storyline similar to
Minnaram (1994) – Azhagana Naatkal (2001)
Minnaram directed by Priyadarshan wasn't a big box
office back then but later the movie went to make a mark of its own
in the hearts of Malayalam film audiences. The film was remade in
to Tamil with Karthik and Rambha in the lead roles. Titled as
Azhagana Naatkal, the film was directed by Sunder
Bharatham (1991) – Seenu (2000)
Bharatham fetched Mohanlal his first National Award for
the Best Actor. The film was a critical and commercial success.
Later, in the year 2000, the film did have a Tamil remake,
Seenu, which featured Karthik in the lead role.
Abhimanyu (1991) – Thalainagaram 2006)
Mohanlal's Abhimanyu was released in the year 1991 and
it was indeed a different movie from the Priyadarshan-Mohanlal
team. Sunder C starrer Thalainagaram, which released in
the year 2005 was loosely based on the film Abhimanyu. The
remake was a big success at the box office.
In fact, it has to be noted that most of the Mohanlal movies,
which have been remade to Bollywood and Kollywood especially, have
fetched huge success at the box office. Yes, there are quite a few
exceptions, especially in the cases of unofficial remakes.
Now, reports are doing the rounds that Mohanlal's recent blockbuster Oppam, directed by Priyadarshan is all set for a remake in Bollywood. Reportedly, the remake would be directed by Priyadarshan himself and the team is considering Akshay Kumar to reprise the role done by Mohanlal in the original. We hope that the project would materialize soon and would go on to become a big success.