Bollywood is an industry where remakes reign supreme. It's not just Hollywood that it looks to, inspiration has often come from down South. Here's a look
Ajay Devgn has announced his next project for the silver screen will be the remake of the Tamil action film Singam. While Devgn takes on the role played by Suriya Sivakumar, Kajal Aggarwal will step into the heels of Anushka Shetty.
Force - Another Suriya film taken on by Bollywood is Kaakha Kaakha. This time around, John Abraham will play the dutiful cop in chase of a dangerous gangster, and Genelia will play his lady love.
Ghajini – Suriya and Asin starred in the Tamil original while Asin joined Aamir Khan in the Bollywood version. Both busted the box office.
Tere Naam - Sethu, the Tamil original, starred Vikram, Sivakumar and Abitha. Salman Khan and Bhoomika Chawla starred in the Bollywood version. Both movies were super hits.
Sunday – Charmy Kaur, Jagapati Babu and Shashank star in the Telugu Anukokunda Oka Roju. Ayesha Takia takes over Charmy's role of a girl trying to recall a particular Sunday in her life. Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi and Irfan Khan co-star.
Judwaa - Nagarjuna's Telugu blockbuster Hello Brother was remade by David Dhawan with Salman Khan and Salman Khan in the lead roles.
Khushi - While Tamil Kushi starring Joseph Vijay and Jyothika Saravanan was an average film, its Hindi remake with Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor bombed completely. The movie was remade in Telugu too starring Pawan Kalyan and Bhoomika Chawla.
Shakti: The Power - Karisma Kapoor and Nana Patekar won critical praise for this remake of Telugu super hit film Anthahpuram starring Soundarya, Saikumar and Prakash Raj.
Mr And Mrs Khiladi - Rajendra Prasad and Rambha were the lead cast of Telugu movie Aa Okkati Adakku. The Hindi version starred Akshay Kumar and Juhi Chawla in comic roles.
Yuva - Mani Ratnam made Aayutha Ezhuthu in Tamil with Surya, Madhavan and Siddharth and Yuva with an all star lineup of Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor. Abhishek won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Khatta Meetha - Priyadarshan helmed both the original Malayalam Vellanakalude Nadu with Mohanlal and Shobhana, as well as the remake with Trisha and Akshay Kumar.
Saathiya - Madhavan and Shalini starred in the Mani Ratnam-directed Tamil original Alaipayuthey. Shaad Ali took over to direct Rani Mukherjee, Vivek Oberoi and Tanuja in the remake.
Virasat - Tamil original Thevar Magan had the South's biggest stars Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Nasser and Revathi. Anil Kapoor, Tabu, and Pooja Batra repeated the original's critical and commercial success up North.
Ram Aur Shyam - And if you thought double roles were a Bollywood invention, think again. Telugu film Ramudu Bheemudu starring N.T. Rama Rao, was remade by Tapi Chanakya in 1967 with Dilip Kumar as Ram and Shyam.
Dayavan - Mani Ratnam directed Kamal Haasan in Tamil superhit Nayagan. The remake starred Vinod Khanna, Feroz Khan and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles.
Woh Saat Din - Antha Ezhu Naatkal was a one man movie with K Bhagyaraj directing and starring. The remake was praised for it's storyline, melodious music and Anil Kapoor's and Naseeruddin Shah's performances.
Chachi 420 – Kamal Haasan did a Mrs Doubtfire in both the Tamil original, Avvai Shanmugi, and the remake.
Biwi No.1 – Kamal Haasan and Kovai Sarala played the lead roles in Tamil original Sathi Leelavathi. The remake had star power with Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Anil Kapoor and Tabu.
Wanted - Salman Khan's big hit of 2009 was directed by Prabhu Deva and co-starred Ayesha Takia. The Telugu original featured Mahesh Babu in the lead.
Ek: The Power of One - Mahesh Babu, Trisha and flavor of the month Sonu Sood starred in Tamil original Athadu. Bobby Deol and Shriya Saran flew the flag for Bollywood but the remake sank without a trace at the box office.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa - The 1993 Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu starring Shobana, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi was remade in several other languages, of which one was the Hindi Bhool Bhulaiya with Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Ameesha Patel and Shiney Ahuja.
Hera Pheri - Saikumar and Mukesh starred in Malayalam original Ramoji Rao Speaking. Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty play the awesome threesome in the remake.
Raavan – Mani Ratnam's dream project Tamil Raavanan, as well as its Hindi remake, failed miserably at the box office. While Vikram and Aishwarya starred in both the versions, Abhishek Bachchan was roped in for its Hindi remake.