South Indian Movies are mainly sources of funny GIFs and memes, we never think of them as serious cinema. But you will be surprised to know that a majority of Hindi movies are based in some way or the other on Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam or Kannada movies. Don’t believe this? Then check out this list of Top 10 Bollywood Movies based on South Indian Movies-
This film is remembered as David Dhawan’s one of the most successful films. Salman Khan played a double role in the movie. You’ll be surprised to know that Judwaa is a remake of the 1994 Telugu movie Hello Brother, which itself is based on the 1992 Jackie Chan’s movie Twin Dragons.
2. Biwi No. 1
David Dhawan‘s romantic comedy film featuring Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor and Tabu was surprisingly, a remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi. The plot of this film even inspired the hit Kannada comedy movie Rama Shama Bhama.
3. Hera Pheri
Voted as the best Bollywood comedy film of all time in an online poll conducted by The Indian Express, this film by Priyadarshan was the remake of the 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking which itself was based on the 1971 TV movie See The Man Run.
4. Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein has a cult following among Indian youth and it was a remake of the popular 2001 Tamil film Minnale. Directed by Gautham Menon, the movie features R. Madhavan, Diya Mirza and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. This was Madhavan’s first lead role in a Hindi film.
Shaad Ali‘s directional venture Saathiya was a remake of the Tamil film Alaipayuthey, which was directed by Mani Ratnam. Mani produced Saathiya, featuring Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji and AR Rahman gave the music of both the films.
6. Tere Naam
Tere Naam was directed by Satish Kaushik and written by Bala and Jainendra Jain. The movie features Salman Khan and Bhoomika Chawla, who made her Hindi film debut with this. The film was based on a real-life incident of a friend of Bala’s and was a remake of Bala’s own directional venture, a 1999 Tamil film Sethu.
7. Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Priyadarshan‘s Bhool Bhulaiyaa was the official remake of the 1993 Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu, which was already remade into several Indian films. Bhool Bhulaiyaa was probably the most successful of them all.
A. R. Murugadoss remade his own 2005 Tamil film of the same name in Bollywood. The Hindi remake featured Aamir Khan and Asin in lead roles and it was first Hindi film to cross the ₹100 crore mark. The film’s main plot was adapted from Christopher Nolan’s Memento and the comedy plot was inspired by 1951 British movie Happy Go Lovely.
Nishikanth Kamath‘s action thriller Force was a remake of Gautham Menon’s successful 2003 Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha. The movie had John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza in the lead and also introduced action hero Vidyut Jammwal into Bollywood.
Rohit Shetty‘s Singham was the remake of the 2010 Tamil film Singam, which was directed by Hari. The film was produced under Reliance Entertainment, which co-produced the original Tamil movie. It featured Ajay Devgn in the titular role alongside Kajal Aggarwal and Prakash Raj as the antagonist.