It is quite tough to predict a movie’s result these days. Many claim that remakes are a very safe option but we are witnessing a lot of remakes failing to achieve commercial success in recent times. This is a common phenomenon in all languages. We have seen ‘Ori Devuda’ and ‘Godfather’ failing in Telugu recently while remakes like ‘Jersey’ and ‘Vikram Vedha’ ended up as duds in Bollywood.
In recent times, two of Malayali legend Mohanlal’s super hit films got remade. While one succeeded, the other failed. As we know, Megastar Chiranjeevi remade super hit ‘Lucifer’ as ‘Godfather’ in Telugu. Whilst the movie got a positive response initially, the film’s collections slowed down drastically after the first weekend. By the end of its theatrical run, the movie ended up as a commercial failure. Many said that the Telugu dubbed version of ‘Lucifer’ being available on OTT is the main reason for its failure.
On the other hand, ‘Drishyam 2’ was released in Hindi recently. It had Ajay Devgn, Shriya and Tabu playing the lead roles. As we are aware, Mohanlal’s original version and Venkatesh’s Telugu version of the same film were released directly on Amazon Prime Video long back and they are available to everyone. But none of it were dubbed in Hindi which helped the Hindi makers a lot. As the first part of Hindi ‘Drishyam’ was highly successful on the small screen, people wanted to see what happened to Ajay Devgn and his family in the movie which made them walk into the theatres for ‘Drishyam 2’. This resulted in the collections being extraordinary in recent times.