Salman Khan’s South Remakes: Top 10

Remaking successful South Indian Hit Masala movies in Hindi has emerged as the easiest formula to huge box office openings and a safe bet for getting the best return on investment these days. The whole idea of remaking a script allows for the story to be adapted into a larger setting and the movie to be marketed to a newer audience.

The super success of Aamir Khan’s ‘Ghajini’ in 2008 triggered an unseen trend of remakes and Salman Khan’s ‘Wanted’ in 2009 further consolidated it.

But the fact is that the influence of South Indian Cinema on Bollywood and vice-versa had always been there. It is only now, largely due to the media, that we are seeing official remakes where makers are openly acknowledging the source of the story.

Salman is probably the most successful Bollywood star today in remaking South Indian movies. Here is the list of 10 best remakes done by Salman Khan in the order of their prominence in his career.

Salman Khan Tere Naam - Wanted

Salman Khan Tere Naam – Wanted

Wanted: This is the movie which is largely responsible for the current euphoria of Masala Action movies in Bollywood. It brought Salman Khan back in the top league and most importantly revived the single-screen theatres in many parts of the country. Wanted is a remake of Telugu blockbuster movie ‘Pokiri’ directed by Puri Jagannath starring Mahesh Babu and Ileana D’ Cruz. Before directing the Hindi version, Prabhu Deva remade the movie in Tamil with Vijay and Asin.

Tere Naam: Arguably his best performance, Tere Naam revived Salman’s career in a big way in 2003. Directed by Satish Kaushik, it is a remake of Tamil film ‘Sethu’ featuring Vikram in the lead. Bhoomika Chawla made her Bollywood debut with this film, which boasts of a memorable soundtrack composed by Himesh Reshammiya.

Biwi No 1: Directed by David Dhawan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Biwi No 1 is a remake of 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi featuring Kamal Hassan, Ramesh Aravind, Kalpana and Heera. Apparently, Kamal Hassan’s role was portrayed by Anil Kapoor in the Hindi version. Released during the Cricket World Cup in 1999, Biwi No 1 became the highest grosser of the year.

Judwaa: Another David Dhawan comedy, ‘Judwaa’ silenced Salman’s critics in 1997 as it emerged as one the biggest hits of the year. It featured Khan in a double role for the first and only time in his illustrious career. Judwaa is a remake of Telugu blockbuster ‘Hello Brother’ featuring Nagarjuna, Ramya and Soundarya. The Telugu movie itself was inspired from the Jackie Chan’s action comedy ‘Twin Dragons’.

Bodyguard: This action romantic movie directed by Siddique is the third remake of the director’s own 2010 Malayalam flick of the same name starring Dileep and Nayantara, the second being 2011 Tamil film Kaavalan featuring Vijay and Asin. Kareena Kapoor was paired opposite Salman and Bodyguard went on to be the biggest grosser of 2011 and broke numerous records.

Ready: Starring Salman and Asin, it is the 4th remake of 2008 Telugu movie ‘Ready’ featuring Ram and Genelia D’ Souza. Before the Hindi version, the film was remade in Kannada as ‘Raam’ by Punith Rajkumar and then in Tamil as ‘Uthama Puthiran’ starring Dhanush and Genelia D’Souza. The hindi version was directed by Anees Bazmee and produced by T-Series, ‘Ready’ became the second biggest grosser of 2011.

No Entry: Although Anees Bazmee’s No Entry is the biggest hit of 2006 and one of the funniest comedies in recent times, it is down in this list as Salman is not the main lead in the movie. Also starring Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Esha Deol, Lara Dutta and Celina Jaitley, No Entry is the remake of 2002 Tamil Film ‘Charlie Chaplin’ starring Prabhudeva and Prabhu Ganeshan. The Tamil film’s commercial success led to remakes into Telugu (Pellam Oorelithe), Kannada (Kalla Malla Sulla) and Malayalam (Happy Husbands).

Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega: Inspired from 1995 Hollywood Film ‘While You were Sleeping’, Priyadarshan directed 1997 Malayalam blockbuster ‘Chandralekha’ featuring Mohanlal. Next year the movie was remade into Telugu by Krishna Vamsi with the same name starring Nagarjuna, Ramya and Isha Koppikar. Two years later, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Raj Kanwar combined together and ‘Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega’ was made with Salman Khan, Rani Mukherji and Preity Zinta. Shahrukh Khan made a special appearance. The film was a moderate success at the ticket window.

Kyonki: This Priyadarshan’s movie is a remake of the 1986 Malayalam film Thalavattam directed by Priyadarshan himself. Featuring Salman, Kareena and Rimi Sen ; ‘Kyonki’ was appreciated for Salman’s sensitive performance but the movie failed at the box office.

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam: Starring Shahrukh, Salman and Madhuri Dixit, ‘Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam’ is the remake of Tamil movie ‘Thotta Chinungi’ by the same director K.S.Adhiyaman. The Tamil movie featured Karthik, Raghuvaran and Revathi in the lead. The movie took 5 years to make and was finally released in 2002 to an average response.

It comes as no surprise that Salman’s next two releases ‘Mental’ and ‘Kick’ are also South remakes. While ‘Mental’ is a remake of Telugu movie ‘Stalin’ starring Chiranjeevi ; ‘Kick’ is a remake of Telugu movie of the same name featuring Ravi Teja.

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Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma



  • Aki coz orignal movies are hard to make then copy-paste, and its an easy way to make money, as indicine above said its a safe bet!!!

  • @xzone You mean to say you mislaid your password for the account ‘xzone’ for 3 months and in the mean time you came back as ‘G@y1 I wet my Truepants’…! You did try coming back a month ago when this horrendous ID ‘Xzone’ appeared but soon you realised having a capital X only meant your barbaric comments were just X rated piles of cr@p. You searched high and wide for your password before you realised late in the day that the password for the account ‘xzone’ is ‘star’ and the password for the account ‘star’ is ‘xzone’…! :-P

    @all smeagolites- your king henchman ‘xzone’is back and he will lead you all into battle aka in other words he will drag you kicking and screaming into theatres nearby to watch Chennai Depress when all of you would rather watch ‘OUAT in Indicine’ life was peaceful b4 ‘xzone’ regained his consciousness and remembered his password…!:-P
    @star xzone is back but where are you still hiding???

  • @xzone: Salman make it own mark not copying to any star ok SRK days are over accept the facts and moreover take care of your “KOYLA EXPRESS” rather commenting useless on Salman artciles.

  • @radha,john cena fan…thanks……:):)..
    but i am eagerly waiting for those demented personalities…who are facing more severe mental problems than these “tuchha” salman fans…including “navin”,”hritik”,”nvs”, “sachin11” etc….
    are they disappear frm indicine or they don’t ve enough guts to defend their “crapstar”, “remake” khan….

  • @xzone: don’t lie here ok the original south and hindi are huge differences my dear whenever any movie announces I watch it of any language which Salman is doing remake in Hindi 20-25% differences then the original ones.


    1 Three Idiots 2009 202.5 cr ATBB
    2 Ek Tha Tiger 2012 197.45 cr Blockbuster
    3 Dabangg 2 2012 160+ cr* Blockbuster
    4 Bodyguard 2011 148 cr Blockbuster
    5 Dabangg 2010 145 cr ATBB
    6 Rowdy Rathore 2012 135.65 cr Blockbuster
    7 Agneepath 2012 121.56 cr Super HIT
    8 Ready 2011 121 cr Blockbuster


  • @aki mate I don’t know what your aguing bro? dont you accept salman remakes earn more then his orignal movies, dont you agree that without remakes salman would not be where he is today, dont you agree that remakes have saved salman and a lot of actors like akshay or ajay devgan etc to prolong their careers? Atleast Be honest yar and post some constructive points if you don’t agree!

  • @king of kings: check my above comment clearly mention ETT,DABANNG are original and huge success that’s the bottom line for the people who can understand more and talk less.

  • @aki where was salman before wanted and why his orignal success ratio is 18% compare to remakes as mention by other poster, why has he given more then 50 flops if he was that big star, why 80% of his career is copy-paste, why legends like dilip,Amitab even his close freind Aamir never has respected salman as an actor, why bollywood has never given him same respect as other actors including even actors like Hrithik and ranbir, whenever bollywood is invited internationally Amitab, shahrukh and hrithik go but not salman who has worked for 2 decades, whenever international call three pilars of bollywood always shahrukh,hrithik and Amitab why not salman.
    Whenever bollywood is represented in international amitabh or Shahrukh or Hrithik represent bollywood internationally why salman has never been included by international people or bollywood people why, even giving big big hits then other actors why hrithik is highest payed actor at this moment!

  • @Aki, First Tell Your Salman To Cross 60 Crore In Overseas…. Apne Gali Main Toh Billi Bhi Sher Hoti Hain….

  • Gr8 job Mr.Abhishek sharma,its nice to see the list of his south remakes but i would love to see if u post an article that the history created by Salman khan with his original movies are double than other dumbs with their original & remakes.Maine pyaar kiya,hum aapke hain koun,kuch kuch hota hain,dabangg & ek tha tiger are original scripts & turned into All time blockbusters,ok i agree he did south remakes but any one of his remake film of him had the potentiality to be a blockbuster & garning 100 cr within a short time.
    Remember east or west no one is even half of SALMAN KHAN today respect to NAME,FAME,SUCCESS,STARDOM,GLAMOUR,STYLE or PHYSIQUE.

  • This for all SRK fans who took birth after wanted, BLOCKBUSTER maine pyar kiya, BLOCKBUSTER, Saajan, Super-Hit Judwaa, Biwi No-1, No entry main entry,Sanam Bewafa, Kurbaan, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and come on Tere Naam the acting Hirthik will take 100-times birth to compete with Salman he is Far Far Ahead at present Amir is the only Star ahead of Salman.

  • @king of kings: how many fans Hirthik have yaar and how many hit movies under his belt some movies which belongs to his home productions Salman his name is like storm wherever he went either in public visits or in box office so silly you are watch or read Hirthik comment on Salman at time of his movie release “Main Prem ki Diwaani Hoon” u can understand about Salman image and personality.

  • kutte bhonke hazaar, haathi chale bazaar….who cares Salman haters…..even bollywood follows the man Salman khan. he is currently the hot property of bollywood town. bst of luck Salman the nation loves u alot….

  • @navin…watch the trembling in ur language….y r u misleading urself man…??? u hadn’t any answer of my comments in past, niether u have it now and nor u ll have in future…
    what u have is just ur “barking” abt “fake id’s”, “lost passwords” etc…now, i am waiting for that person who is going to teach a lesson to a “moron” like u that indicine never needs a password to comment…but it’s not ur fault…all the salman fans are living with such “childish” misconceptions….so no offence to u….
    but as a mate i ll suggest u to not to worry too much abt my come back…otherwise u need to take some pills for ur outrage mind…P

    @aki…don’t be so frstate dude…u ll have to suffer more and more…

  • @aki…


    1. 3idiots – $25,000,000
    2.My name is khan – $23,500,000
    3.jthj – $13,580,000
    4.Don 2 – $12,550,000
    5.Kabhi alvida naa kehna – $10,770,000

    where is salman khan…oh no oh no….
    even 8 yr back release kank is better than recent craps d2 and ett…

    but matter is, who knows this “budhha” “crapstar” sallu in overseas…:P:P

  • @xzone hehehe Only radical radha and torn shorts wearing John Cena Fan have welcomed you back you goon…! :-(

    Oh what a crappy return you have experienced, abit like Smeagol Rukh Khans ‘Raavan Returns as’ crappy sequel to Abhisheks Classic Raavan portrayal. :-P

    Listen you jerk, nobody missed you because unfortunately for you, acouple of imbeciles took your place and carried forward your mantra of talking in gibberish rhymes. We all know ‘Damnnn….!….’ and ‘remotecontrol’ are one sorry individual but ‘they’ did make some rather absurd comments in your absence. So you see you can go back to the ‘JTHJ Mode’, lose your memory again or your password (whatevers easier) and go back to the Being Human Sponsored Mental Asylum. Please continue to receive the free electrical shock treatment right up until the time Chennai Depress arrives to take you on another long 3 hr journey into a depression filled nightmare…! :-P

  • @AKI

    Below is the list of top 10 worldwide grossers(GROSS COLLECTIONS including 1st,2nd &3rd phase):
    DON 2=242 CRORES
    Now tell how many SRK movies are there?There are so many SRK movies.But you illiterate & uneducated salman remake khan fans just always talk about india collections.
    By the way JTHJ collected 123 crores nett in India & 171.2 crores gross in India.
    Also RA.ONE collected 125.43 crores nett in India.If you do not beleive me,then please check “TOP 5 STARS IN INDIA” article of indicine. You will get your answer.

  • @king of jerks, dude you need to join your King Smeagol outside Wankhede Stadium today and ask him about where Salman bhai was before Wanted 2009. :-)

    Im sure Smeagol will tell you tales of the reel life ‘Karan Arjun’ days where Salman saved Smeagols skeleton @$$ from the bad guys before Smeagol found his very own real life ‘Karan and Arjun’ and decided to spend more middle of the night quality intimate time with them…! ;-)

  • @AKRAM(on page 1) I don”t know why all mental remake khan fans like you think that kuch kuch hota hai was a sal-woman khan film.At the end of the film it is clearly written that “special appearance by salman khan”.But i guess illiterate & uneducated fans
    like you cannot read that.So “KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI” was a pure SRK film.Understood you idiot.

  • I guess the author of this article went in to hiding after the post from Salman Khan Fan, giving list of srk copied films. LOL.

  • @JC yeah our hero ‘Salman Khan Fan’ gave a very robust reply to all the smeagolites out there and now some are coming back with nonsense like:
    “overseas smeagol rules…”
    “outlander galaxy smeagol rules…”
    “In mordor its Smeagol who rules and not sauron…”
    “im minas tirith its the Gollum creature ruling over men and not the King…”
    “in north korea smeagol rules…”

    Man who cares about that bakwaas, we live in India and in this Den the Lion roaring the loudest is Salman ‘Sher’ Khan.

    @star bhai roxXxXxXx and xzone suxXxXx (some things never change :-P )

  • @xzone Ditto

    So if it wasnt the ‘mislaid password’ then it has the be the 3 month course of psychiatric observation, psychological analysis and electrical shock treatment at the asylum which prevented you from gracing us with your presence eh….! ;-)

    Whatever it was it clearly hasnt worked and you back (supposedly) as ‘xzone’ the triple xxx certified loony…! :-P

  • @Danish : Keep your fake list with you, BOI list have JTHJ at 6 on worldwide collections !!!!

  • @xzone : now things get real, we are no cowards like you to hide for months for each thrashing from salman fans !!!!

  • @All haters : first decide whether you want original scripts, remakes, class acts or entertainment?

    *Those who wants Originals : Remember MPK, ETT n Dabangg. These are all ATBB. So how salman’s career is depend on remakes? Plz make some sense n reply. Dont post comments just coz u dont like Salman.

    *Those who favour remakes : Do I need to say something? I ask srk to use is stardom n make these remakes into BB like Salman did.

    * Class acts : Being a Salman fan I agree they are better actors than Salman. Manoj Bajpai, Irfann Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Big B, Dilip Kumar, Aamir Khan are class acts. Sorry! Shivering n stammering of srk is Cheap act not a class act.

    * Big one Entertainment : This is the most basic quotient to watch movie. Be it any movie audience eye for Entertainment and there is no dearth of it in Salman’s movies.

    The bottom line who cares about script as far as getting entertainment. A bunch of fans some self proclaimed king cannot stop nation from watching Salman movies. So accept the reality n move on. Keep barking will not even impact salman’s 0.009% of stardom. Preserve energy n save CE during Eid 2013 !!!!

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