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Just how successful are Bollywood remakes?

By JOGINDER TUTEJA
December 07, 2020 09:43 IST
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Bollywood remakes of southside movies are fairly common.

Just recently, we saw the Akshay Kumar starrer, Laxmii (a remake of the Tamil horror film Kanchana) release on the OTT platform.

Coming up is the Bhumi Pednekar starrer Durgamati (a remake of the Telugu film Bhagmathie).

But once in a while, Bollywood remakes one of its own.

Coolie No 1, starring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor, was a major hit in 1995.

Director David Dhawan was a big name in the industry, especially after the blockbuster success of Aankhen the previous year.

He joined hands with Producer Vashu Bhagnani for Coolie No 1.

Now, the same director-producer team is remaking the team with a younger cast: Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan.

Joginder Tuteja looks at just how successful remakes of Bollywood movies are.

 

Judwaa 2
Box office collection: Rs 138.61 crore

The Salman Khan-starrer Judwaa was a massive hit when it released in 1997.

This was also a David Dhawan film with Producer Sajid Nadiadwala.

The duo decided to remake the film in 2017 and the director's son Varun Dhawan was a natural choice.

It was a huge hit once again.

It also holds the record of being the biggest grosser for an official Hindi film remake.

 

Agneepath
Box office collection: Rs 115 crore

Amitabh Bachchan's Agneepath has acquired cult status over the years.

But it was heartbreaking for Dharma Productions when it didn't do well in theatres in 1990.

Producer Karan Johar decided to come up with a newer version of his father Yash Johar's production, and cast Hrithik Roshan in place of the Big B.

Director Karan Malhotra ensured that this time, there was a hit in hand.

 

Bol Bachchan
Box office collection: Rs 103 crore

Audiences couldn't get enough of the Amol Palekar-Utpal Dutt starrer Gol Maal when it released in 1979.

The film enjoys timeless appeal.

While the same cannot be said about its remake, Bol Bachchan, it was a solid hit, thanks to Rohit Shetty's directorial skills.

He made a lot of changes to the film, which basically meant that Gol Maal was merely an inspiration for the Ajay Devgn-Abhishek Bachchan remake.

 

Pati Patni Aur Woh
Box office collection: Rs 97 crore

BR Chopra's Pati Patni Aur Woh, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur, was a sweet success in 1978.

Last year, Director Mudassar Aziz gave the extra-marital love story a modern touch with Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey.

The film was lapped up by the family audience, but missed the Rs 100 crore mark by a whisker.

 

Don
Box office collection: Rs 50 crore

Among the many Amitabh Bachchan remakes we have seen, Don remains the most popular.

Shah Rukh Khan nailed it in this double role act, and Director Farhan Akhtar gave it a clever twist in the end.

Don was a hit at the box office and its sequel was even bigger.

 

Devdas
Box office collection: Rs 42 crore

Shah Rukh Khan scored well in his 2002 film Devdas, which has seen quite a few versions over the decades.

Together with Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, he made sure that Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's vision came alive on the screen.

The film did quite well commercially.

 

Ittefaq
Box office collection: Rs 30.21 crore

One of Rajesh Khanna's earliest films was Yash Chopra's Ittefaq with Nanda in 1969. The thriller was a sleeper hit.

Its remake starred Sidharth Malhotra along with Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna.

Just like Don, there was a clever twist in this tale as well.

The Abhay Chopra directorial did just okay at the box office.

 

Zanjeer
Box office collection: Rs 18 crore

Amitabh Bachchan's first major hit -- the 1973 film Zanjeer -- was remade with Ram Charan Teja in 2013.

Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt filled in for Jaya Bhaduri and Pran respectively, but the end result wasn't impressive at all.

It failed commercially and critically.

 

RGV Ki Aag
Box office collection: Rs 8 crore

Probably the biggest remake disaster of all time, Ram Gopal Varma tried to remake Ramesh Sippy's cult classic Sholay as RGV Ki Aag.

Shockingly, Amitabh Bachchan, who starred in the original, played Gabbar Singh in this!

Ajay Devgn took over the Big B's role while Sushmita Sen stepped in for Jaya Bachchan.

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