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Here is a list of blockbuster South Indian films that have been remade in Bollywood featuring A-list actors.

Bollywood has always been inspired by movies that are successful in other languages. Having said that, there have been a number of Bollywood films that are a remake of South films. Here is a list of blockbuster South Indian films that have been remade in Bollywood featuring A-list actors.

Hera Pheri (2000)


The comedy film, starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Tabu, is the remake of the 1989 Malayalam film ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’. The movie narrates the story of three unemployed men, who think they have found the solution to all their money woes after receiving a call from a kidnapper. Unfortunately, things do not go as planned.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)


Starring Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan, the comedy horror is a remake of 1993 Malayalam film ‘Manichitrathazhu’. It shows how an NRI and his wife decide to move in to their ancestral home ignoring the warnings about ghosts. However, inexplicable occurrences force them to call a psychiatrist to help solve the mystery.

Wanted (2009 film)


The action thriller, directed by Prabhu Deva, is a remake of 2006 Telugu film ‘Pokiri’. Starring Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia and Prakash Raj, the film revolves around Radhe, a ruthless gangster, who kills people for money. He falls in love with Jhanvi but doesn’t commit to the relationship due to his dangerous profession.

Rowdy Rathore (2012)


The action comedy, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, is a remake of 2006 Telugu film ‘Vikramarkudu’, which was directed by SS Rajamouli. A honest policeman Vikram Rathore is killed by corrupt politicians. His team brings in Shiva, who is Vikram’s lookalike, to nab the killers.

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Drishyam (2015)

The thriller film, starring Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu, is a remake of the 2013 Malayalam film of the same name. It narrates the story of man who comes under the police radar as after the son of a high-ranking police official who harassed his daughter goes missing.

Kabir Singh (2019)


Starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani, the film is a remake of Telugu film ‘Arjun Reddy’. Medical student Kabir Singh falls in love with Preeti, a junior in his college. When her father learns about their relationship, he opposes it and decides to marry off his daughter. Following this, Kabir sinks into depression and starts abusing drugs and alcohol.

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