the launch of Laal Singh Chadha it’s a good time to talk about remakes. Laal Singh Chadhawhich is a remake of the 1994 American hit and multiple Oscar winner Forrest Gump, is receiving mixed reviews for the way it adapted the original. Some are fine with the tweaks, and others say the changes have diluted the spirit of the original.
The problem for any remake movie is that many feel it’s a waste of time and money to create something that’s already been done and enjoyed somewhere.
But a good remake, if not a silly copy-paste exercise, can actually go a step further than the original. And we have five examples of it. Okay, 4 out of 5 certainly went over the original in our opinion. The remaining Chandramukhi it wasn’t better than manichitrathazhu, but it was fun in its own right. Also, we needed a number like 5 to make our list look rounded.
This is an adaptation of the critically acclaimed 1994 Hindi film Drohkaal, directed by Govind Nihalani. The original won Ashish Vidyarthi a national award, and the film that deals with the pressures cops face when facing ruthless and heartless terrorists. Although cinematographer PC Sreeram is credited with directing the Kuruthipunal remake, Kamal Haasan’s stamp can be seen throughout the film. The adjustments to the original were a real lesson in adaptation. At the event, the remake was more relatable and scarier. No wonder it was India’s entry into the Oscars that year. But he couldn’t make the cut.
Kuruhipunal is available on YouTube
At the beginning, let’s clarify again that manichitrathazhu, the original Malayalam, was better. But Chandramukhi it’s less of a remake, but more of a take-off of the original. The sensibilities and approach of both films are different. One is rooted in realism, the other aims to be a mainstream commercial artist. and that’s where Chandramukhi scored. It was a good package of comedy of feelings, songs and exciting masala moments. A film that saw Rajinikanth recover in grand style from the beating of Babysitter.
Chandramukhi available on SunNXT
Arjun, addressing the issue of unemployment, was a big hit in Hindi. But Kamal took it, amplified the fight sequences with more gore and realism, and also made the youth angst more relatable. In the event, Sathyaa it has become less of a mainstream masala film, more a clarion call for young people who dabble in politics far above their league. Of course, Kamal was in his post-nayagan Internship. Then he grew up and grew a bushy beard and looked like a beefy security guard for a politician. This was the period when Kamal was at the height of his creative career.
Sathyaa is available on Ah
Thillu Mullu (1981)
For many, especially those from the Hindi-speaking land, goal Maal, which was the original is the best product. And Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt are absolute legends just for this movie. But the view from the south is a little different. For the remake, directed by the ace K Balachander, he added more humor, mainly through the dialogues of Visu. And Rajnikanth’s choice for the lead role in a film full of humor was inspired. This brought out a new facet in the star’s acting skills. Of course, Thengai Srinivasan, in the character that Utpal Dutt played, was special, giving one of his best performances ever. But between the songs Aanewala Pal Jane Wala Hai and Ragangal Padhinaru, we are in conflict. Both are members of the Hall of Fame.
Thillu Mullu is available on Amazon Prime
Vasool Raja MBBS (2004)
Again, this can also seem like a controversial choice. Per, Munna Bhai MBBS has a special place in the hearts of Bollywood fans. It is a very beloved film. In fact, the Tamil remake Vasool Raja MBBS, although much appreciated, it does not enjoy as much of an iconic status that Munna Bhai has among the Hindi audience. But Vasool Raja, thanks to Crazy Mohan’s dialogue, had more lines of laughter. It’s an object lesson in how to improvise humor in a remake without stretching the effect.
Vasool Raja MBBS is available on SunNXT