Sanjay Dutt is going to be back with on the big screen, this time with a home production. Titled Prassthanam, the movie is a political thriller directed by Deva Katta. The movie reunites Dutt with some of his former co-stars from the '80s and the '90s like Manisha Koirala, Chunky Pandey and Jackie Shroff, which is definitely something to look forward to for those who have grown up on their movies. Prassthanam also stars Ali Fazal, Amyra Dastur, Satyajeet Dubey and Ishita Raj. Prassthanam Song Haji Ali: Jackie Shroff Goes Through an Emotional Turmoil in This Soulful Track (Watch Video).
Now you might be aware that Prassthanam is an official remake of the Telugu film by the same name (with an addition 's' in the title), that was also helmed by the same director. The political thriller that is set around a family, becomes the latest in line about Bollywood's obsession with remaking masala entertainers from South.
But Prassthanam is also the rare case of a Bollywood remake opting for the same title, even though it is not a Hindi word. In this special feature, let's look at nine other Bollywood remakes that not only borrowed the plot but also the title.
The remake of the Malayalam film, starring Mohanlal and Meena, Drishyam was directed by Nishikant Kamat. The movie starred Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Shriya Saran in the lead and was a hit at the box office.
Aamir Khan's action thriller, directed by AR Murugadoss, was the first Rs 100 crore hit in Bollywood. It also introduced us to Asin, who was also the female lead in the original Tamil film (that itself ripped off Hollywood film Memento), which had Suriya as the amnesiac vendetta-seeker.
Another Suriya blockbuster that gave Bollywood a successful franchise (and later spun to a universe) was Singam. The Hindi remake added an addition 'h' into the title, but the result was the same and gave Ajay Devgn and the director Rohit Shetty a huge hit.
Salman Khan's 2014 blockbuster, was first supposed to be directed by Shirish Kunder before producer Sajid Nadiadwala took over, making it his directorial debut. The movie was an official remake of the 2009 Telugu film, that starred Ravi Teja and Ileana D'Cruz.
Malayalam director Siddique first remade his Mallu hit, Dileep-and-Nayanthara-starrer Bodyguard, in Tamil as Kaavalan, with Thalapathy Vijay and Asin in the lead. After finding success there, Siddique was invited to Bollywood to remake the film with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. The remake retained the title of the Malayalam film, and turned out to be a grand success.
This is the third Salman Khan in the list that borrows not just the plot but also the title and the success of the original. The original film was made in Telugu in 2008 and had starred Ram and Genelia D'Souza. It was also remade in Tamil with Dhanush in the lead, but with a different title - Uthama Puthiran.
R Madhavan and Meera Jasmine's romantic thriller, Run, was a smash hit in Tamil when it came out in 2002. The Bollywood remake had Abhishek Bachchan and Bhumika Chawla in the lead, but couldn't replicate the success of the original. But the movie is now famous for its comic sequences featuring Vijay Raaz.
SJ Suryah gave one of the most entertaining romcoms in Tamil, with Thalapathy Vijay and Jyothika in Kushi. He later remade the film with the same title (and an additional 'h'), that starred Kareena Kapoor and Fardeen Khan. However, the remake failed to work at the box office.
For the uninitiated, Set Max's favourite film, that made us wary of kheer, was a remake of a Tamil film with nearly the same title. The original Tamil film, titled Suryavamsam, came out in 1998 and had starred R Saratkumar in the lead. The Bollywood remake, starring Amitabh Bachchan in a double role, may have failed at the box office, but the multiple reruns on television made it a cult hit.
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