There has been an old tradition of Hindi films borrowing content from the South, be it officially or unofficially. Some directors remake their own Southern classics into Hindi features keeping in mind the business and exposure aspect. As audiences we are very much thankful for all such remakes which give us a chance to taste and experience different flavours of cinema. Sometimes a lot gets lost in translation and to be frank not every film deserves a remake but as cine buffs the only way to distinguish the good from the bad is by watching them. Here is a list of the worst Bollywood remakes of South Indian films.
12. Ekk Deewana Tha (2012)
Remake of ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa’ (2010, Tamil)
This is a classic case of lost in translation or rather lost in the process of remake. The main problem with the film is the object of desire played by British actress Amy Jackson. It’s a mystery as to why filmmakers insist on casting actresses who can’t even speak the language properly, in this case it is not only restricted to Hindi. To make it worse some over enthusiastic film critics even pointed out her disastrous make up in the film. While Prateik Babbar was all charming and mushy throughout the film he lacked the experience or skill to carry a below mediocre narrative on his gym built shoulders. The music by A.R. Rahman was a runaway hit and that’s the only saving grace of the film. Both a commercial and critical failure ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ almost ruins the memory of the Tamil original. The film was also shot in Telegu as ‘Ye Maaya Chesave’.
11. Tevar (2015)
Remake of ‘Okkadu’ (2003, Telegu)
There is a song in the film ‘Tevar’ that goes something like ‘Main Toh Superman, Salman Ka Fan’. For some people it would have been reason to enough to straightaway avoid the movie but unfortunate are those who bought tickets with their hard-earned money to watch a film that can be best described as hotchpotch. Arjun Kapoor is convinced in his mind that he is a great actor even though the audience and critics may think otherwise and Sonakshi Sinha adds yet another feature to her regressive-role-hall-of-fame list. Staying true to the name of the film there are a lot of ‘Tevars/attitudes’ being shown off in the name of acting and Arjun Kapoor tries his best to recreate the magic of his debut film ‘Ishaqzaade’ but the thing with history is that one cannot force it to repeat itself. It was just a simple case of bad direction, screenplay and execution. The Telegu version ‘Okkadu’ won multiple awards and made Mahesh Babu an overnight star.
10. Khushi (2003)
Remake of ‘Kushi’ (2000, Tamil)