With the rising popularity of OTTs and with the option for subtitles, the language barrier has ceased to exist. If not, why would a Hindi native go gaga over a small budget Malayalam film? We have seen how the nativity-driven Kumbalangi Nights became a much-loved film of non-Malayalam moviebuffs. And Mollywood has always boasted of delivering films that are original, realistic, relatable and above all capable of getting returns for the investor - the very reasons why other film industries look to remake them. And going by numbers, most of the hit Malayalam films that released in the recent past are getting remakes in not just one but in multiple languages. Joseph, Helen, Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Lucifer, Ishq, Anjaam Pathiraa, etc, are a few from the long list ready for remakes.
At this juncture, we have to ponder over two major arguments. Are the filmmakers so large-hearted that they wanted to bring in the best of other industries for their own audience? Nay, we do not feel so. It is clearly their unwillingness to explore new ideas. A clear dearth of talent and skill. Or are the filmmakers just risk-averse and playing safe by not betting on unproven projects? Yes, to a great extent. After all, remaking a blockbuster is an easy gamble that has high chances of hitting the jackpot.
For example, why would Tollywood want to remake an epic Mollywood blockbuster like LUCIFER. It was released in many states of India as well as in overseas theaters. It was enjoyed by most of Amazon Prime subscribers (to be precise the non-Malayalam audience) and had Television screenings too. Why would the Tollywood Mega Star Chiranjeevi rehash it for the his audience and bring in a remake specialist Mohan Raja at its helm - A clear case of risk aversion and lack of new ideas. Well, there is no denying the fact that Chiru could match Mohanlal in his style and swag, yet, we are left wondering about the need for a remake.
Well, as a matter of fact, remakes are not a sign of good filmmaking. Very few remakes have been able to meet the standards of the original despite having the best of cast and technical team. For the benefit of the audience, it is best when the originals are left unadulterated or rather untouched. Spare us please, WE ARE FANS OF THE ORIGINAL!!