10 Yesteryear Tollywood Classics Which Were Remade In Hindi

10 Yesteryear Tollywood Classics Which Were Remade In Hindi

7 Mar 18 @ 11:29 AM

The Telugu Film Industry has produced some of the biggest and most memorable films in the history of Indian Cinema. Some of them went on to be become blockbusters, evergreen hits and cult classics which are relevant and remembered more than half a century after their release. Some of the best legendary actors, directors and technicians have been a part of these remarkable projects. These movies have made such an impact that they attracted the attention of Bollywood film-makers, who remade them in Hindi. Here’s a list of landmark films which were remade in Hindi.

  1. Pathala Bhairavi (1951)

    This socio-fantasy produced by B. Nagi Reddy and directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy is the first Telugu movie to have a 200 day-run at the box office. Starring the legendary actors NTR and S.V. Ranga Rao, this movie which is a breakthrough for both the actors is written by Pingali Nagendrarao has music composed by Ghantasala. It is also the only South Indian film to feature in the inaugural edition of Indian Film Festival of India held at Mumbai. This cult classic has been remade after a gap of 34 years in Hindi with the same title starring Jeetendra, Pran and Jayaprada.
  2. Mooga Manasulu (1964)

    Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Savitri and Jamuna star in this reincarnation drama directed by Adurti Subba Rao has music composed by K.V. Mahadevan, which is the highlight of the film. In fact, all the 9 songs are of high musical standards, elevating the narration. It won both the National Award and the Filmfare Award for the Best Feature Film in Telugu. Adurthi Subba Rao has also directed the Hindi version ‘Milan’, starring Suni Dutt and Nutan, while Jamuna as reprised her role from the original. It was also remade in Tamil with the title ‘Praptham’.
  3. Gudachari 116 (1967)

    This spy thriller directed by M. Mallikharjuna Rao starring Superstar Krishna, J. Jayalalitha and Rajanala is the first movie in the detective genre. Arudra has written the story of the film which has music composed by T. Chalapathi Rao. Jeetendra reprised Krishna’s role in the Hindi version ‘Farz’ directed by Ravikant Nagaich, while Laxmikant-Pyarelal has composed the music. Babitha played Jeetendra’s romantic interest which was a super hit at the box office.
  4. Prem Nagar (1971)

    Daggubati Ramanaidu directed this evergreen hit featuring Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Vanisree, Gummadi and Kaikala Satyanarayana. K.S. Prakash Rao has helmed this romantic movie while K.V. Mahadevan has scored the music. The lyrics penned by Acharya Atreya are relevant even today. Superstar Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini starred in the Hindi remake also titled ‘Prem Nagar’, which had the same producer and director as Telugu, while S.D. Burman has composed the music.
  5. Swargam Narakam (1975)

    This Nandi Award winning feature film directed by Dasari Narayana Rao and produced by Mk Mavulayya features Annapoorna, Jayalakshmi and Mohanbabu. C. Narayana Reddy has written the lyrics for the songs composed by Chellapilla Satyam. Dasari also directed the Hindi version titled ‘ Swarg Narak’ produced by B. Nagi Reddy, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra, Vinod Mehra, Moushumi Chatterjee and Shabana Azmi, while Rajesh Roshan has given the tunes.
  6. Yamagola (1977)

    'Nata Ratna' NTR and Jayaprada starred in this fantasy comedy directed by Tatineni Rama Rao and produced by S. Venkataratnam while K. Chakravarthy has composed the music. The movie had a silver jubilee-run at the box office and collected more than a crore in 1977. Tatineni Rama Rao wielded the megaphone for the Hindi remake starring Jeetendra titled ‘Lok Parlok’, while Laxmikanth-Pyarelal composed the music. Jayaprada has reprised her role from the Telugu version.
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  8. Maro Charitra (1978)

    This romantic tragedy starring Kamal Haasan and Saritha was directed by the latter’s mentor K. Balachander and produced by Rama Arangannal. This cult classic had music composed by M.S. Viswanathan, which was a trend setter. Balachander also directed the Hindi version which again had Kamal Haasan in the lead while Rati Agnihotri played his romantic interest. The Hindi version marked the Bollywood debut of both Kamal and singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.

  9. Karthika Deepam (1979)

    Shobhan Babu won the Filmfare Award for his performance in this triangle love story directed by Lakshmi Deepak and produced by G. Radhadevi Gupta and A. Krishnaiah. Chellapilla Satyam has composed the music for this film which also stars Sridevi and Sharada. The Hindi version ‘Maang Bharo Sajna’ featuring Jeetendra, Moushmi Chatterjee and Rekha has Tatineni Rama Rao wielding the megaphone, while Laxmikant Pyarelal have composed the music.

  10. Ooriki Monagadu (1981)

    Superstar Krishna starred in this blockbuster directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, which also featured Jaya Prada and Rao Gopal Rao. Composer K. Chakravarthy has scored the music for this family drama. The Hindi version ‘Himmatwala’ also directed by Raghavendra Rao turned out to be industry hit. The song Naino Mein Sajna featuring the lead pair Jeetendra and Sridevi is considered one of the best songs in Bollywood history.
  11. Mundadugu (1983)

    This multi-starrer featuring Shobhan Babu, Krishna, Jaya Prada and Sridevi is produced by D. Ramanaidu under his banner Suresh Productions and directed by K. Bapaiah. K. Chakravarthy has composed the music, while Veturi penned the lyrics for this film which has silver jubilee-run at the box office. It was remade into Hindi with the title ‘Maqsad’ starring Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra while Sridevi and Jaya Prada reprised their roles. Bappi Lahari has given the tunes for the film which was the biggest hit of the 80’s.