2011: When South revisited Bollywood
Riding high on the trend was actor Salman Khan, who seems to be keen on making a Hindi remake of every hit movie from South. He started with `Wanted` and kept the cash registers ringing by starring in remakes of `Ready` and `Bodyguard`.
The film starred Asin as the female lead. Salman`s second hit of the year `Bodyguard`, opposite Kareena Kapoor, was also a remake of Malayalam film of the same name. It was directed by Siddique, who also directed the original. The actor is starring in another remake `Kick`, which will be directed by Shirish Kunder and will hit the theatres next year.
Ajay Devgan and John Abhraham followed the suit by starring in `Singham` and `Force`, which predictably did well at the box office. It was not only Devgan`s action sequences which kept the audience glued but actor Prakash Raj`s one liners were an instant hit.
`Force`, another action thriller film starring John Abraham and Genelia D`souza, was a remake of Gautham Menon`s successful 2003 Tamil film, `Kaakha Kaakha`. Menon is making his Bollywood debut with `Ek Deewana Tha`, slated to release next year. The film saw John showing off his eight packs and muscle power as he did some daring action scenes. It was after a long time John was seen in an action role.
Southern remakes have been a part of Bollywood since the 90`s with films like `Judwaa`, `Nayak`, `Khushi`, `Shakti, `Mr and Mrs Khiladi`, `Sunday`, `Ghajini` and `Wanted` but the trend had been missing for a while. 2011 saw the return of Southern touch in the industry in full `Force`.
It wasn`t just Southern remakes which created a rage. Tamil-English song `Kolaveri Di`, sung by Rajinikanth`s son-in-law Dhanush took the industry by a storm. `Why This Kolaveri Di` which means `Why this murderous rage, girl?`, a funny take on heartbreak, became an online craze and attracted fans like Amitabh Bachchan. Dhanush also tweaked his song as `Kolaveri B` in honour of Big B.
Akshay Kumar has reportedly bought the rights to the song and plans to make a Hindi version of it. Thanks to its popularity, Dhanush is also said to be planning his debut in Hindi cinema.
The year came to close with Vidya Balan`s dare-bare act in `The Dirty Picture`, a story inspired by Southern sex siren Silk Smitha. Balan not only brought ample skin-show in the film but also gave a depth to the tragic star, forcing audience to sympathise with Silk.
The year also saw some of the biggies from south making their Bollywood debut. Southern superstar Prakash Raj redefined the bad man in Bollywood with his evil turn in films like `Wanted` and `Singham`.
The national award winning actor, who has given hits like `Iruvar`, `Kanchivaram`, `Nuvve`, `Tagore` and `Sivakasi` down South, will reportedly also be seen in Sunny Deol starer `Ghayal Returns`, a sequel to Deol`s 1990 film `Ghayal`.
A new face that made a debut in the industry was Kajal Agarwal with the film `Singham`.
Actor Rana Daggubati also tasted success with his debut in `Dum Maaro Dum` opposite Bipasha Basu. He has bagged his second movie in Ram Gopal Varma`s `Department`. Last year, Suriya made his debut in Bollywood `Rakta Charitra`.