Some films are beyond the barriers of language, time, and genre and are liked by everyone, movie buff or otherwise. While such movies are a rare occurrence, one common thing that happens every time a cult film is released is the announcement of its remake in other languages. While a few films manage to recreate that magic again in every language it’s made, a few turn out to be a disaster. Here is a list of 5 Cult Indian Films That Shouldn’t Have Been Remade, but sadly were.
Sholay – Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag
This isn’t a remake in a different language, but is one of those instances where Bollywood decided to ruin it’s own classic film with a remake, and it had to be with none other than Ram Gopal Varma leading the bandwagon of bad remakes.
Sholay the film that brought to us the Angry Young Man Amitabh is a cult film for numerous reasons. People watched it over and over and the movie was part of every discussion about Indian cinema. But then, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag happened.
However, one has to give it to Varma for making sure that Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag also gets discussed every time Hindi cinema is spoken about, but in this case, it is on how NOT to make a film.
Premam – Premam
This 2015 classic stole every youngster’s heart and Malar Teacher was someone we all invariably fell in love with. A lot of us, still associate the curly haired damsel Sai Pallavi with this name and Nivin Pauly was the face of love, heartbreak, and life after love.
The interest lost it and the trolls had a field day when Naga Chaitanya and Shruti Haasan were picked to play these roles. Their forgettable performances and the dull box office show proved yet again that some classics are best left untouched.
Bangalore Days – Bangalore Naatkal
Another Malayalam film that all of us binge-watched and enjoyed to the core. Not many of them would even know that this cult film was remade (currently being made in Hindi) in two languages. Bangalore Naatkal, the Tamil version of this film was a box office dud and couldn’t get even close to its original.
Happy Days – Inidhu Inidhu, Jolly days
Yes, even our very own coming-of-age film Happy Days had to undergo the trauma of being remade in Kannada, Tamil, and Hindi (film announced, yet to start). The remakes could barely create the magic that the original did.
The audience were critical and failed and did not shower the same love on the remade versions. However, the Malayalam version of the film, a dubbed version, made great business and is listed as one of the highest grossing films of 2007. Well, that’s probably a lesson for our filmmakers – don’t remake classics, just dub and release them 😉
Arjun Reddy – Varma
Well, this one is about a film that’s yet to be released, but had to make it to the list because of the flak it’s been receiving already.
Arjun Reddy depicted the modern-age angry young man alive on screen. The rich, alcoholic doctor that we saw Vijay Deverakonda portray in the 2017 flick was convincing as the love-lost rustic devadas of the millennium. People could not have enough of Arjun Reddy’s anger, passion, and of course his love for Preeti.
Just like every great movie ever made, even this had to be remade in other languages (Tamil and Hindi) and fans haven’t been happy about it since the day the film was announced. And on Sep 22, 2018, the trailer of the Tamil version, titled Varma featuring Dhruv Vikram released, fans have been terribly disappointed.
But then, the film is yet to be released, and we are yet to watch how this newbie carries the role and the film on the path of success. Until then, trolls and sceptics get to share their views on social media. Haven’t watched the trailer yet, watch it here and share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Tell us what you think about these remakes, and do let us know if we missed out on any cult film that you think shouldn’t have been remade.
Contributed By Sindhuja Iyer