We all know that, Malayalm films have got wide acceptance in the remake circuits. The number of Malayalam films which got remade to other Indian languages stand as a testimony to that.
Less often, we have seen other language Indian films being remade in Malayalam. Let us take a look at some of the Malayalam remakes of popular Indian films.
Ithu Nammude Katha
This film directed by Rajesh Kannankara, is a direct remake of popular Tamil film Nadodigal, directed by Samuthirakani. The film failed to deliver at the box-office.
Probably, this is the only hit film to feature in this list. Happy Husbands is the remake of Hindi film No Entry, which incidentally was the remake of a Tamil film named Charlie Chaplin.
This film directed by Viji Thampi, had its script written by actor Jagadish. The film is the remake of critically acclaimed Hindi film Bheja Fry.
Unnam directed by Siby Malayil, is a remake of Hindi film Johny Gaddaar. The Malayalam version couldn't stay loyal to the original and hence nose-dived at the box office.
Priyadarshan opted to remake his own Hindi film Malamaal Weekly to Malayalam, with Jayasurya in the lead role. The film which was too lengthy and failed at the box office.
Ivan Maryadaraman starring Dileep, is the remake of popular Telugu film Maryada Ramanna directed by S S Rajamouli. Ivan Maryadaraman was received badly and the film flopped at the box-office.
The case of Malayalam film industry is different from the other film industries in India. Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood are much interested in remaking films from other languages.
Malayalam film industry is not that interested to remake films from other Indian language films. Malayalam audiences are open to films of all languages and they do get in touch with films of various languages like Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
This is the main reason why remake films don't work out much in Mollywood. It wouldn't be sensible to remake a Hindi movie like 3 Idiots, which might have been seen by more than 50 percent of Malayalam film audiences.
But, Malayalam films have had a profoud love for English and Korean films and there are number of Malayalam films which are unofficial remakes of popular English and Korean films.