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Bollywood remakes of South Indian films that failed to impress

Laxmii poster (Photo by Hype PR)

By: Murtuza Nullwala

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South remakes are nothing new in Bollywood. Every year we watch many Hindi films that are a remake of South Indian movies, and while some impress us, some fail to make a mark.

Today, let’s look at the list of Bollywood remakes of South Indian films that failed to impress…


Let’s start the list with a recently released movie. Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmii started streaming on Disney+ Hotstar on 9th November 2020 and mostly received negative reviews. The movie is a remake of the Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana and a lot of people on social media have stated that the original movie was better.

Baaghi 2 / Baaghi 3

Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Baaghi was a decent film. But then, the makers decided to make it a franchise and made Baaghi 2 and Baaghi 3. The former was a remake of the Telugu movie Kshanam which was a thriller, and the latter was a remake of Tamil film Vettai. Both Baaghi 2 and Baaghi 3 were high on action, but content-wise failed to leave a mark.

Khatta Meetha

We have one more Akshay Kumar starrer on the list, and it is the 2010 release Khatta Meetha. The movie was a remake of the Malayalam film Vellanakalude Nadu which had released in 1988. Priyadarshan had helmed the original movie as well as the remake. But, it failed to impress the critics and the audiences.


Sanjay Dutt starrer Policegiri, which released in 2013, was a remake of the Tamil film Saamy. The movie was a disaster at the box office, and the audience was surely not interested in watching the jodi of Sanjay Dutt (61) and Prachi Desai (32).


Abhishek Bachchan starrer Run is only remembered for one thing, Vijay Raaz’s comedy scenes. The film was a remake of a Tamil movie which was also titled Run. We are sure even Abhishek would prefer to forget this movie.

Kyon Ki

Priyadarshan is surely a filmmaker who likes to remake his own movies. In 2005, he remade his Malayalam film Thalavattam in Hindi as Kyon Ki. The movie starred Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Rimi Sen. It failed to make a mark at the box office and even in the hearts of the audience.


Last on the list we have Khushi. Starring Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan, this movie was a remake of the Tamil movie Kushi which starred Vijay and Jyothika in the lead roles. Khushi was supposed to be a comedy film, but apart from Kareena’s overacting nothing else made us laugh in the film.

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