1. Chachi 420
A remake of the Tamil film Avvai Shanmughi, it made its mark in the history of Bollywood with the help of the highly cultivated Tollywood king at the time - Kamal Hassan. The story revolves around an assistant dance director's divorce and how the divorcee, having lost visitation rights, tries his best to reach out to his daughter. Hassan's character jumps at the opportunity when he finds out a rather ingenious way to spend time with his darling daughter without raising any suspicion. A splendid mix of comedy and drama, it is one movie that every 90s kid will always remember.
Inspired by the Malayalam film
Ramji Rao Speaking, it involves the comedic story of three men; a bespectacled garage owner and his two tenants played by
Suniel Shetty, and
Akshay Kumar. Akshay Kumar's character is very aimless and freeloading his stay as a tenant since two years when he is mistakenly robbed by Shetty's character. The duo's fights and Rawal's incessant attempts at handling them add to the fun factor of the movie as the plot thickens as the three characters stumble across a way by which they can get rid of all their problems with minimal effort. Following Priyadarshan's statement last scene confusion, they manage to right their wrongs amidst a chase between a major mix of characters leaving the audience in splits.
3. Bhool Bhulaiya
A remake of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu, it’s the story of an engaged couple that returns from the US to live in their ancestral palace in the fiancé’s native village. Played by
Shiney Ahuja, the husband finds himself in a difficult position as his family and his childhood love interest, Ameesha Patel's character, don't react well to his sudden decision. Meanwhile, his fiancée, played by
Vidya Balan, is instantly curious about the ghost which is rumoured to haunt the ancestral palace. Her curiosity makes her cross the line as the ghost of the ancestral palace begins haunting the couple and his family as each call for help from a psychology expert friend and a renowned sage respectively keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats.
With the Tamil inspired blockbuster having the same name that won hearts everywhere, Asin debuted alongside the well-established
Aamir Khan who portrays a short-term memory loss patient stuck with a limited number of facts the connection of which unfolds with the help of Jiah Khan's character. A tragedy to the core the film has comic relief in the first half along with a well-rounded set of songs that balances the suspense created from the very beginning. With a mind-blowing story, Ghajini sets the bar high for upcoming Tollywood-Bollywood remakes.
A remake of the Tamil film Suryavansam, it also marks the Big B's comeback from his hiatus.
Amitabh Bachchan, alongside Jayasudha,
Soundarya Raghu, and Rachana Banerjee, take us through a classic father-son strife between the sarpanch (village head) and his illiterate son making him the 'ugly duckling' of his well-known family. His plight alienates him from his childhood romance as well as from his father. A twist ensues as he comes across another woman who empathizes with him and tries to woo him. However, his father asks him to stop seeing her immediately in return for a normal relationship with him thus keeping the audience guessing which path he would choose. The film has a cult following and is replayed a lot on Sony Max till date.
Inspired by the Tamil film Singam, it follows the career of a lone honorable cop amidst a corrupt system. The character of the much celebrated
Prakash Raj, who has now become synonymous with 'villain' in Bollywood, challenges Ajay Devgan's character to keep both his morals and his status intact as he slowly finds out how far the don's kingdom of corrupt officials goes. A comedic romance between Kajal Aggarwal, another Tollywood favorite, soon becomes serious when her sister is kidnapped by the corrupt politician himself and Devgan's character has to make a very crucial decision.
Another Priyadarshan movie with a wide star cast inspired by the Malayalam film Godfather, it revolves around two rival families; one strongly patriarchal and the other strongly matriarchal, which have sworn off the other sex as an indignant matter of respect of the family heads. This respect leads to a game of defamation as the youngest in the two families,
Akshaye Khanna and
Kareena Kapoor Khan, enter the same college and seduce each other for the other to fall in love. However, fate ensues, and both fall in love at the same time and decide to run away and marry until they find out the truth about their elder siblings' feelings towards the staunch beliefs of the elders. The movie ensures a riot of laughter to the audience with a lot of comedic scenes with a few touching scenes interspersed.
Another hit romantic film remade from the Tamil film Alaipayuthey; it revolves around a couple, played by
Rani Mukerji and
Vivek Oberoi, that meets at a friend's wedding and gets married secretly until both families find out and immediately disapprove of the match. This makes the couple move into a rather meager living situation, and they begin having differences regularly. Soon, Rani's character begins distrusting her husband, and a huge argument follows her leaving in a hurry and getting into an accident whereas her husband is completely unaware of her situation. The entire movie is in flashback and keeps the viewers engrossed in the ups and downs as they await the moment he finally finds her and whether he gets to confess his feelings.
9. Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein
A remake of the famous Tamil film Minnale, it begins as Saif Ali Khan's character's parents fix his marriage with DiaMirza's character who has never seen him. R Madhavan falls in love with her at the very first sight of her. He tries his best to impress her. He pretends to be her fiance after her friend warns him to stay away from her as she's bound to marry a blind date fixed by her parents. They fall in love, and everything is a pretty picture until the real fiance returns from the US and the girl finds out the truth about Madhavan's character's past and entirely stops talking to him. He tries to contact her furthermore but is heartbroken to find out she's going ahead with the marriage and decides to leave the city on the day of the wedding.
A remake of the Telugu film Itlu Sravani Subramanyam, it begins with two characters attempting suicide by jumping off a bridge because of monetary and love problems, played by
Ranbir Kapoor and
Priyanka Chopra respectively. However,owever, they are stopped by the coast guards in the nick of time. They make a pact to attempt suicide together on New Year’s Eve by jumping off the same bridge they met on which leads them to tick things off their wish list for the 20 days that are left for the D-day, however, they soon go their separate ways. On the night of 31st December, Priyanka's character stands on the edge of the bridge alone wondering if Ranbir's character will arrive, leaving the audience on quite a cliff-hanger.