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Papanasam Spl: 10 Popular Tamil Movies You Had No Idea Were Malayalam Remakes!

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Kamal Haasan's Papanasam is releasing this Friday(3rd July) amidst high expectations among fans and critics alike. Being an official remake of a Malayalam movie, the film is expected to be high on realistic drama.

In fact, Malayalam films have always been praised for producing content driven subjects with little or no fuss and Tamil cinema too has drawn number of leaves from the book of Mollywood.

Papanasam Spl: 10 Popular Tamil Movies You Had No Idea Were Malayalam Remakes!

Kamal Haasan in a recent interview had lamented how Kollywood is rapidly moving towards excessive commercialism and how content driven cinema could easily be forgotten in the future, unlike Mollywood which keeps churning out such quality movies.

He even went on to say that his decision to remake Drishyam came from the thought that Tamil audience too are entitled to watch quality cinema at least once in a while.

I wonder if this was the thought behind other filmmakers who have remade so many Malayalam movies in Tamil in the past; Chandramukhi, 36 Vayadhinile, Kuselan, to name a few.

But this article is aimed at letting you know about some of the hit Tamil movies, you probably had no idea were remakes of Malayalam films.

Check out the slides below to know more:


Kireedam was released in 2007 but the original, which had the same title, was released in 1989 starring Mohanlal in the lead. The Tamil version was directed by AL Vijay and had Thala Ajith reprising the lead role with an impressive bunch of supporting cast.


Director Siddique, after finding success through his 1999 Malayalam film Friends, starring Jayaram, Mukesh, Sreenivasan, went on to remake the film in Tamil(2001) with Vijay, Suriya and Ramesh Khanna in the lead. He also retained the original title.


Perazhagan was directed by Sasi Shanker in the year 2004. It was the remake of a Malayalam film titled Kunjikoonan (2002) and this too was directed by Sasi Shanker. Perazhagan went on to become a massive hit in Suriya's career.

Ninaithale Inikkum (2009)

This film set against the backdrop of a college campus was a remake of the 2006 Malayalam film Classmates. The Tamil version was directed by GNR Kumaravelan and its original counterpart was helmed by Lal Jose.

Kadhalukku Mariyadhai

Directed by Fazil in the year 1997, the film was a major breakthrough in Vijay's career. The original version (Aniyathipraavu) too was directed by the same director and was released in 1997 as well. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai became a blockbuster and was also dubbed by critics as a "classic".

Chennaiyil Oru Naal

Chennaiyil Oru Naal released in the year 2013 and was the remake of Traffic (2011). While the original was helmed by Rajesh Pillai, the Tamil version was directed by Shaheed Kader. The film features Cheran, Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj, Prasanna and Raadhika Sarathkumar in lead roles.


Pulivaal was directed by Marimuthu and was released in the year 2014. It was adapted from a Malayalam movie titled Chaappa Kurishu which was helmed by Sameer Thahir in the year 2011. Pulivaal went on to become one of the most profitable film of the year.

Dindigul Sarathy

Karunaas was introduced as a hero in this 2008 film which was directed by Siva Sanmukan. The original film was released in the year 1989 under the title, Vadakkunokkiyantram.

En Bommukutty Ammavuku

Looks like director Fazil has a knack of producing two hit movies in different languages. This film too was directed by him in the year 1988 and the original was released in 1983 with the title Ente Mamattukkuttiyammakku. The Sathyaraj starrer completed a 100 day run.

Engal Anna

This multistarrer featuring Vijayakanth, Prabhu Deva and Pandiarajan was directed by Siddique in the year 2004. The original too was helmed by him under the name Chronic Bachelor (2003) featuring Mammootty and Mukesh.

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