10 Most Successful Bollywood Movies that were Remade from South Movie

Bollywood movie remakes have become a common trend in the Indian film industry. These days south Indian remakes are very popular in Bollywood, these remakes are generally made from Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam movies and there are few Kannada movies also. Sometimes remakes did hit the mark, there are many which failed to even come close to the originals. However, the trend continues to thrive, with filmmakers always on the lookout for successful films to adapt and remake for the Indian audience. Here are the 10 Most Successful Bollywood movies that were remade of superhit movies from South India.

1. Kick

Bollywood movies that were remade from South Movie

Kick is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film directed and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Sajid Nadiadwalla debuted as a director with this film. The movie stars Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Randeep Hooda in the lead roles. It is an official remake of the 2009 Telugu movie Kick. The film is about a man who lives for the thrill of adventure and becomes a vigilante to fight corruption. The movie received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success at the box office. Kick grossed over ₹405 crores (US$50 million) worldwide and it became the first film of Salman Khan to enter Rs. 200 crores.

2. Rowdy Rathore

Rowdy Rathore's remake of Vikramarkudu

Rowdy Rathore is the Hindi remake of the 2006 smash hit Telugu film Vikramarkudu tells the story of a con man who turns out to have a heroic streak. The film grossed over ₹282 crores Worldwide.

3. Drishyam

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Drishyam is a 2015 Indian thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat and starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu, and Shriya Saran. It is a remake of the 2013 Malayalam film Drishyam. The film follows a man named Vijay Salgaonkar, who is a cable operator and lives with his wife and two daughters in a small village. When his daughter accidentally kills the son of a powerful police officer, Vijay uses his intelligence and knowledge of movies to cover up the crime and protect his family. The movie became a commercial success, grossing around ₹148 crores.

4. Bodyguard

Bodyguard Bollywood movie

This action romantic movie directed by Siddique is the third remake of the director’s own 2010 Malayalam flick of the same name. Kareena Kapoor was paired opposite Salman and Bodyguard went on to be the biggest grosser of 2011 and broke numerous records. Bodyguard made in a budget of 60cr. and the movie collected 253 cr.

5. Kabir Singh

Kabir Singh's movie remake of Arjun Reddy

It is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar, and Ashwin Varde. The movie stars Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in the lead roles. It is a remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy (2017) that launched Vijay Devarakonda as a bona fide hero across the country. The film was one of the most commercially successful films of the year with a total box office collection of Rs 379 crore.

6. Drisyham 2

Drishyam 2 best Bollywood movie that were Remake of South Movie

Drishyam 2 is a highly successful film directed by Abhishek Pathak, based on the 2021 Malayalam film of the same name and serving as a sequel to the 2015 film “Drishyam”. Drishyam 2 has already emerged as one of the most successful Bollywood movies of 2022. The film eventually grossed ₹346 crores worldwide and became a blockbuster.

7. Ghajini

Ghajini movie remake of Tamil film Ghajini

Directed by AR Murugadoss, Ghajini, is a remake of the 2005 Tamil film of the same name, Made with a budget of 65cr. The movie collected 232cr. Worldwide and became the first Bollywood film to cross the ₹100 crore mark domestically. The original film itself is heavily inspired by the Hollywood classic Memento (2000).

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8. Wanted

Wanted remake of Pokiri

Wanted is a 2009 Indian action film directed by Prabhu Deva and starring Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia, and Prakash Raj. Wanted is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster movie Pokiri directed by Puri Jagannath. Before directing the Hindi version, Prabhu Deva remade the movie in Tamil with Vijay and Asin. The film follows a fearless and skilled hitman who is hired by a crime lord to eliminate his rivals. However, the hitman’s life takes a turn when he falls in love with a woman and decides to leave his criminal life behind. The movie became a commercial success, grossing around ₹93 cr.

9. Simmba

Simmba movie remake from Temper

Simmba is a 2018 Indian action film directed by Rohit Shetty and starring Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, and Sonu Sood. Telugu film Temper starring Prakash Raj, NTR Jr and Kajal Aggarwal smashed box office records in 2015, which inspired Rohit Shetty to remake it into Simmba. The film follows a corrupt police officer who transforms into a righteous one after a life-changing event. He then sets out to take down a notorious criminal and his empire. Simmba’s worldwide box office collection is ₹400 Cr.

10. Bholaa

Bholaa movie remake from Kaithi

Ajay Devgn’s super hit ‘Drishyam Series’ was a remake of South’s successful film ‘Drishyam’. Everyone knows how amazing this film proved to be at the box office. Now Ajay Devgan has once again brought Bholaa, which is an official remake of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s 2019 Tamil superhit film ‘Kaithi’. The film stars Tabu, Amala Paul, Sanjay Mishra, Makarand Deshpande, and Deepak Dobriyal in the lead roles. Bholaa has so far collected a gross of 115 crores worldwide.


The box office figures are compiled from various sources and our own research. The figures can be approximate and ‘Movies Bar’ does not make any claims about the authenticity of the data.

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