Remakes- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good - Remakes that outperformed their originals


This ageless classic was inspired by the Hindi movie Hum, starring Amitabh Bachchan. The movie has
a lot of differences when compared with the original, which in turn are responsible for boosting the movie’s glamour and image .The majestic personation of style by Rajnikanth has made it a ‘Must watch’ for generations to come. It is noteworthy that Rajnikanth played the role of the younger brother (inspector) in the Hindi original.

Kuruthi Punal

The movie is a remake of the Hindi movie Drohkaal. It won critical acclaim upon release and was
India’s official nomination to the Oscars. The screenplay and dialogues by Kamal amalgamated with
PC Sriram’s cinematography made this a stylish cop story and set high standards for later action

Avvai Shanmughi

An adaptation of the Robin Williams starrer Mrs. Doubtfire, the movie is a wholesome entertainer.
Written by Crazy Mohan, there is no paucity for witty humour. The impeccable portrayal of the
female character by Kamal Hassan, supported by the splendid makeup, made this far better than the

Vasool Raja MBBS

A remake of the highly successful Hindi comedy film Munnabhai MBBS, Vasool Raja MBBS just
exalted the success of its original to the next level. All the cast including Kamal Hassan and Prakash Raj delivered performances at par with those in Munnabhai MBBS. Crazy Mohan’s dialogues and Vidyasagar’s scintillating music were the icing on the cake.

Thillu Mullu

Thillu Mullu is a remake of the Hindi movie Golmaal, directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. K
Balachander’s direction and Visu’s dialogues exalted the movie’s level, making it outperform its
original. Needless to mention are the unblemished performances by Rajnikanth and ‘Thengai’

The Bad: These movies though good did not live up to their originals.

Unnaipol Oruvan

Directed by Chakri Toleti, Unnaipol Oruvan has Kamal Hassan in the lead .The movie though filled
with classic performances by Kamal Hassan and Mohan Lal, couldn’t match the impact created by its
original A Wednesday.


Seen as a comeback movie for Rajnikanth, the film had nothing more than that. The portrayal of
Chandramukhi by Jyothika though admirable was no match to the same role essayed by Shobhana in
the original. In one line, the movie was not even close to one of the best psychological thrillers, Manichitrathazhu.

Santosh Subramaniam

One of the many movies from the Jayam Raja’s arsenal of telugu remakes, this movie is a remake of the telugu movie Bommarillu. Though the movie was peppered with notable performances by Genelia
D’Souza and Jayam Ravi, it couldn’t replicate the spell cast by the original.

Dheiva Thirumagal

The movie is an adaptation of the 2001 American movie, I am Sam. This movie, much talked about
for the performances by Vikram and Baby Sara, is a very close match but not equal to I am Sam.


The movie is an unofficial remake of the Christopher Nolan movie, Memento. Though Ghajini was
entertaining as a whole, the class showcased in the screenplay of Memento is nonpareil.

The Ugly (The word says it all!)


A remake of Delhi Belly

Kanden Kadhalai

A remake of Jab We Met


A remake of Dabangg

Aaha Kalyanam

A remake of Band Baja Baraat


A remake of Taken

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