11 Times When Bollywood Remakes Failed to Impress Our Telugu Audience

11 Times When Bollywood Remakes Failed to Impress Our Telugu Audience

20 Mar 18 @ 1:13 PM | By Sai

Borrowing movies from other industries is a common phenomenon across all the film industries. Remaking a movie from one language to other with the needed changes to suit that respective language has worked wonders many a times. And there have also been times where some movies that were remade did exactly the opposite. They failed to impress our Telugu audience big time. There could be many factors, from the movie falling in wrong hands to subjects that just don’t go well with our audience, there have been quite a few instances when major Bollywood blockbusters ended up being disasters in Telugu. Have a look here and you might agree with us.

  1. Khakhee – Satyameva Jayate (2009)

    For the solid performance Amitabh Bachchan gave as a sincere DCP officer supported by Akshay Kumar, Tushar Kapoor, and the fiery Ajay Devgn, this action drama was well received back then in 2004. Cut to 2009, Jeevitha Rajashekar directed this one, but the film failed to impress the Telugu audience.

    Satyameva Jayate
    Satyameva Jayate
  2. Baazigar – Vetagaadu (1996)

    In a way, this is the movie that turned SRK’s fortune. And we must say that he completely nailed this role as an anti-hero or a hero with grey shades. Rajashekar tried his hand in remaking this crime thriller and he couldn’t dish out a decent replica of the original. Hence the movie was turned down by the audience.

    Vetagaadu
    Vetagaadu
  3. Sarfarosh – Astram (2006)

    The Aamir Khan starrer is one of the biggest hits in his career. With a patriotic subject, the movie garnered good response all across the nation. When Manchu Vishnu tried to step into the same shoes, it backfired. With a lackluster screenplay and unnecessary elaboration on the love track, this movie bombed badly.

    Astram
    Astram
  4. Taxi No.9211 – Game (2006)

    Taxi No. 9211 that stars Nana Patekar and John Abraham was applauded for a crisp script. The Hindi version which itself was loosely based on the Hollywood movie Changing Lines, was well received by the critics and audience equally. In contrast, when the movie was remade in Telugu, it fell flat on its first day. With not so commendable performances from Manchu Vishnu, the movie was a pain to watch with those songs in between. 

    Game
    Game
  5. Lage Raho Munnabhai – Shankardada Zindabad (2007)

    While Shankardada MBBS was a huge success, the second part of the film series Shankardada Zindabad failed to carry those rib-tickling moments that the earlier one carried. With only Power Star Pawan Kalyan’s cameo being the saving point, the movie had nothing great to offer when compared to the first part.

    Shankardada Zindabad
    Shankardada Zindabad
  6. Bunty Aur Babli – Bhale Dongalu (2008)

    The Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee starrer was a great commercial hit for the fun elements it carried all through the movie. The Telugu version which starred Tarun and Ileana lacked those fun elements and with a even poorer screenplay, the film went on to be a disaster. Jagapathy Babu played Amitabh’s role as a police officer, but even that couldn’t save the movie.

    Bhale Dongalu
    Bhale Dongalu
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  8. A Wednesday – Eenadu (2009)

    The suspense drama that starred Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in the original had worked for the gripping narration it carried. When you come to the Telugu version, though it had Kamal Haasan and Venkatesh, the movie failed to keep the audience glued to their seats. It was not a very bad attempt either, but it just couldn’t impress our audience.

    Eenadu
    Eenadu
  9. Love Aaj Kal – Teenmaar (2011)

    In this list, probably this was the only movie that stood close to the essence the original movie carried. The reason this movie was partially turned down was because of post modern approach the movie’s subject carried. Maybe our Telugu audience are yet to get used to such subjects.

    Teenmaar
    Teenmaar
  10. Kahani – Anamika (2014)

    The whole plot in the film Kahani had an important aspect on which the movie majorly relies, though unknowingly. The point of the protagonist Vidya (played by Vidya Balan) being pregnant. Whereas in the Telugu remake, Anamika (played by Nayantara) isn’t. Though Shekar Kammula tried his best to keep up with the suspense, the Telugu remake lost its essence somewhere and hence was declined by the audience.

    Anamika
    Anamika
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  12. Aashiqui 2 – Nee Jathaga Nenundali (2014)

    Guess we needn’t tell you the performance of Aashiqui 2 at the box office. At that time, the whole nation was grooving to the movie’s songs for over a year. Though Chandrabose’s lyrics were fair enough in the Telugu version, it was bad casting that made this Telugu version’s fail. The emotions were very artificial and at no point it could connect with anyone. Bad remake!

    Nee Jathaga Nenundali
    Nee Jathaga Nenundali
  13. Bol Bachchan – Masala (2013)

    Inspired from Bollywood’s film from 1979, Golmaal, Bol Bachchan was an action comedy with Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan carrying out some great chemistry between them. The Telugu version couldn’t translate that same chemistry between Ram and Venky to our audience and was a reason for the movie’s failure.

    Masala
    Masala