Remaking a successful film is always a risky affair. It would be hard for the makers of the film to run away from the obvious comparisons with the original.
Less often we have seen remakes of successful films maintaining the same qualities of the original. Here, we list some of the remakes of Malayalam films, which went on to be as good as the originals. Take a look.
Boeing Boeing – Garam Masala
Priyadarshan remade his own film Boeing Boeing into Hindi. The film was titled as Garam Masala and had Akshay Kumar and John Abraham reprising the roles done by Mohanlal and Mukesh in the original. The Hindi remake was as good as the original and did perfectly serve the entertainment needs of the viewers.
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi – Hungama
Poochakkoru Mookkuthi was the first directorial venture of Priyadarshan and he himself decided to remake the film in Hindi. The Hindi version was titled as Hungama and the film received generally positive reviews and went on to become a hit.
Bodyguard – Kaavalan
Dileep starrer Bodyguard was remade to Tamil as Kaavalan, with Vijay in the lead role. Siddique, who directed the original handled the Tamil remake as well. The film did win great reviews and provided a big hit for Vijay, after a brief break.
Drishyam – Papanasam
Drishyam, the biggest blockbuster in the history of Malayalam films, got remade to a number of other languages. But, only the Tamil version of the film starring Kamal Haasan stayed loyal to the original version.
Chattakkari – Julie
Chattakaari, directed by K S Sethumadhavan was one of the notable Malayalam films of the 1970's. The director himself remade the film in to Hindi as Julie. Lakshmi was retained as the female lead. The Hindi version of the film won rave reviews and fetched many awards.
Take a close look at the above list and you would get to know that most of the remakes in the above list have been directed by the makers of the original version itself. Well, when the same person remakes the film, the risk factor is comparatively lesser.
Well, more and more Malayalam films are being remade to other languages. That definitely is a big boost for an industry like Mollywood.
Next in the pipeline is the Telugu version of Malayalam superhit film Premam, which had Nivin Pauly in the lead role. The Telugu version of the film has Naga Chaithanya, Shruthi Haasan, Anupama Parameswaran and Madonna Sebastian in the lead roles.
We have to wait and see whether the Telugu remake of the film would do justice to the original.