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Remakes that we saw on the big screen in 2019

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By: Murtuza Nullwala

Bollywood filmmakers love remakes. Mostly, every month releases a film that’s a remake of an old Hindi film or a South film or a Korean movie or a Hollywood flick. Every year we get to see many remakes on the big screen and 2019 was not an exception.

Here’s the list of remakes that we watched in 2019…


While Bollywood filmmakers mostly get inspired by Hollywood or South films, Sujoy Ghosh decided to make a remake of a Spanish film. Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Badla was a remake of a Spanish film titled The Invisible Guest. Apart from changing the genders, Ghosh didn’t change anything in the film. Badla was a scene-to-scene copy of The Invisible Guest.


Salman Khan’s production venture Notebook failed to make a mark at the box office. But the Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bhal starrer is clearly one of the most beautiful films of the year. The remake of the 2014 Thai film Teacher’s Diary, Notebook directed by Nitin Kakkar was a wonderful film. While it didn’t get a good response in theatres, the movie received a positive response when released on the OTT platform.


Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat was one of the most awaited films of the year. The movie did a decent business at the box office but disappointed content-wise as we had a lot of expectations from the movie. The movie was a remake of Korean film Ode TO My Father. It was Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar’s third collaboration and unfortunately, they failed to recreate the magic of Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.

Kabir Singh

Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer Kabir Singh is one of the biggest hits of the year and also one of the most controversial films of the year. The movie was a remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy and went on to become a blockbuster at the box office. Well, Kabir Singh was also a scene to scene copy of Arjun Reddy and it was directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga who had also helmed the original Telugu movie.


When Sanjay Leela Bhansali is producing a film, we all expect it to be a good film. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen with Malaal. The movie marked the debut of Jaaved Jaffery’s son Meezaan Jaffery and SLB’s niece Sharmin Segal. It was a remake of Tamil film 7G Rainbow Colony, and Mangesh Hadawale failed to impress us with his directorial skills.


Sanjay Dutt is going through a bad phase in his career. This year, he had three releases and all of them failed to make a mark at the box office. Prassthanam, a remake of the 2010 Telugu film of the same name was a big disappointment. Critics and audiences felt that the movie was outdated and didn’t require a remake.

Pati Patni Aur Woh

Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday stepped into the shoes of Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha, and Ranjeeta for the remake of Pati Patni Aur Woh. Mudassar Aziz directed the remake and he did a decent job. The film is a hit at the box office and it is still doing quite well at the ticket windows.

The Body

The last remake of the year is The Body. The Emraan Hashmi and Rishi Kapoor starrer is a remake of 2012 release Spanish film which had the same title. The movie was released without any promotions and has received a dismal response at the box office.

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