There were times when the Tamil film industry looked upto Bollywood and made a whole lot of Tamil remakes from Hindi films. It’s a fact that many super-hit films starring MGR and our own superstar Rajinikanth were remakes of successful Hindi films. The trend has reversed in the past few years with more and more Telugu and Hindi films getting ‘re-made’ out of successful Tamil films.
Crores of rupees are changing hands to secure the Telugu and Hindi remake rights of many Tamil films. Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Enthiran: The Robot’ is by far the highest grosser among the dubbed films. The film did exceedingly well in its dubbed version in Hindi and Telugu so much so that the necessity for a remake version was felt by none.
Many Tamil hit films including ‘Kaadhalan’, ‘Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya’, ‘Kaavalan’, ‘Kaadhal’ and ‘Subramaniapuram’ are under various stages of production in their Hindi remake versions. Significantly, all these had released in Telugu land in their Tamil versions and did fairly well.
Actor Jiiva’s ‘Ko’, directed by K.V. Anand, is likely to be remade in Hindi soon. Other than this, films like Lawrence’s ‘Kanchana’, Karthi’s ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ and ‘Siruthai’ and Vikram’s ‘Samy’ are also inline to be remade in Hindi.
In fact, trade circles in Mumbai say that there has been a mini-competition between Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Aamir Khan to secure the remake rights of ‘Kanchana’!
Don’t all these augur well for the Tamil film industry?