Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna starrer Pushpa: The Rise has become a huge pan India success and even has surpassed the box office statistics set by Rohit Shetty-helmed and Akshay Kumar-led big movie Sooryavanshi. Though this is good news for the Indian film industry that has been looking for a big hit after months of shut down of theaters, for the Bollywood stars, it may prove to be a setback.
For decades together, Bollywood has been doing remakes of hit regional movies, and more often South Indian hits have been converted into Hindi movies with big stars. The track record says that such movies have indeed helped the B-town stars in giving a boost to their career. Be it Wanted for Salman Khan, Ghajini for Aamir Khan, or Drishyam for Ajay Devgn- all these movies have helped the Bollywood superstars excel in their box-office records.
Shahid Kapoor’s remake of Jersey by the same name was supposed to release by the end of last year but was pulled at the last minute due to a rise in the Corona cases. Kartik Aaryan has already started shooting for Shehzada which is the remake of yet another Allu Arjun cult classic-Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.
So even now, the Bollywood stars and producers look up to regional movies for good content so that they can deliver big hits.
However, SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali was a game-changer as it was released in all languages and hence did not leave the Bollywood makers any scope for the remake. And now Pushpa: The Rise has repeated the same feat. Although it is not as big as the Baahubali franchise, in this time of Corona pandemic when the film fraternity was looking for a few big hits, this Bunny-starrer has given the respite. This movie also has given confidence to South Indian producers who are planning pan India releases like Prabhas and Pooja Hegde’s Radhe Shyam or Yash’s KGF 2.
And if these movies also receive pan India love, Bollywood will lose the chance of earning huge moolah by doing remakes of successful South Indian movies from henceforth.