Lights, camera, action! The magic of cinema has always been its storytelling. What better way to captivate an audience than by retelling a beloved classic? Remakes are becoming a new trend, and Kollywood is no exception. From the land of Telugu cinema to the shores of Tamil Nadu, the magic of storytelling transcends language and culture. Telugu movies captivate the audience with their unique blend of drama, action, romance, thrillers, etc. It's no surprise that Tamil filmmakers want to capture their audience with this blend. From "Pokiri" to "
," many great Telugu movies are remade in Kollywood. So, here we are to list the Top 10 Tamil remakes of Telugu movies.
1. POKIRI – POKKIRI
Pokiri is a 2006 Telugu action film starring
in the lead role directed by Puri Jagannath. The film was a massive success in Telugu, becoming one of the highest-grossing films at that time. The film was remade in Tamil to "Pokkiri," with Vijay in the lead role with
as director. The audience also received the Tamil version well, and the movie became the highest grosser in the Tamil industry in 2007.
2. Okkadu – Ghilli
Another Mahesh Babu film - Another remake by Vijay. The 2003 blockbuster Okkadu a sports action drama directed by Gunasekhar, was a massive success in Mahesh Babu's career. The film follows the story of a Kabbadi player who helps a young girl escape from a notorious gangster. The Tamil version of Ghilli, directed by Dharani, was released in 2004. This movie became a massive success becoming one of the all-time highest-grossing movies in Kollywood.
3. Arjun Reddy – Varma
The Path breaking movie of Tollywood, Arjun Reddy, is a romantic drama released in 2017. Sandeep Reddy Vanga directed the film, starring Vijay Devarakonda in the lead role. The 2017 Blockbuster follows the story of a medical student addicted to drugs and alcohol after a failed relationship. It was remade in Tamil as
in Kollywood in 2018, starring Vikram's son
for his debut film. The movie was a path-breaking movie in both industries.
4. Julayi – Saagasam
Julayi is a 2012 action-comedy film directed by
in the lead role. The film follows the story of a young man who tries to earn money through betting and gets involved in a high-stakes bank robbery. The movie was remade into Saagasam in Kollywood with the same plot line but a few changes. However, the Tamil version got some mixed reviews, while the Telugu version is one of the best movies of Allu Arjun and a massive commercial success.
– Santosh Subramaniam
The 2006 Telugu romantic comedy "Bommarillu" was directed by Bhaskar and starred Siddharth and Genelia D'Souza in the lead roles. The film follows the story of a young man who rebels against his overbearing father and falls in love with a girl. "Santosh Subramaniam." was the Tamil version of the movie, released in 2008. The movie follows the same basic plot as "Bommarillu," with some changes made to adapt the story for Tamil audiences. The film was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics and audiences. The Tamil version is one of the best remakes of a Telugu film in Tamil cinema.
"Kshanam" is a 2016 Telugu thriller film directed by
. The movie has
, and in the lead roles. The film follows the story of a man who returns to India from the United States to help his ex-girlfriend search for her missing daughter. In 2017, "Sathya," the Tamil version directed by
, was released. The film received positive reviews for its solid performances and engaging storyline and was a commercial success. While "Kshanam" is a successful and critically acclaimed film in Telugu cinema, "Sathya" is regarded as a well-made and successful remake in Tamil cinema.
"Temper" is a 2015 Telugu action film starring Jr. NTR and
in the lead roles, with Puri Jagannadi as director. The film follows the story of a corrupt police officer who transforms into a responsible law enforcement officer after meeting a young girl. In 2019, the movie "Ayogya," the Tamil version directed by
and starring Vishal and
in the lead roles, was released. The film received mixed reviews, with criticism for the storyline's excessive violence and lack of originality.
"Happy Days," the film known for the power of friendship, the beauty of youth, and the magic of cinema, is a 2007 Telugu coming-of-age film directed by
; the film follows the lives of a group of college students as they navigate friendship, love, and the challenges of growing up. In 2010, the Tamil version of "Inidhu Inidhu," directed by K.V. Guhan, was released. "Inidhu Inidhu" is a creative and engaging remake of "Happy Days," successfully capturing the original's spirit while adding its unique touches.
The list is incomplete without a Rajamouli film in it. So here we are, "Vikramarkudu" is a 2006 Telugu action-comedy starring
in the lead roles. The film follows the story of a brave and honest police officer who goes undercover to take down a criminal gang. In 2011, the film was remade in Tamil as "Siruthai," directed by Siva, with Karthi in the lead role. "Vikramarkudu" is considered a classic in Telugu cinema. "Siruthai" was a box office success and helped Karthi gain popularity in Tamil cinema.
10. – Vaseegara
Vijay is known for remakes. In his career, he has done several remakes of successful movies, and "Nuvvu Naku Nachav" is one among them. The 2001 Telugu romantic comedy film has Venkatesh in the lead role. The film follows the love story of a young man and a woman with different personalities and diverse backgrounds. In 2003, the film was remade in Tamil as "Vaseegara," directed by K. Selva Bharathy and starring Vijay and Sneha in the lead role. Overall, "Vaseegara" is a faithful and entertaining remake of "Nuvvu Naku Nachav," The film celebrates love and romance and continues to be popular among Tamil cinema fans.