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Anbe Sivam to Panchathanthiram: 6 Kamal Haasan laugh riots that are actually remakes

Alfred Francis

Alfred Francis
Jul 13, 2021
Stills from Anbe Sivam, Panchathanthiram and Vasoolraja

What happens when an actor with creativity like Kamal Haasan takes on a remake? The actor is not only transforming, but he is transforming the film itself. Each film is remade to adapt perfectly to the Indian Tamil setting.From a man riddled with phobias to someone who had to cross dress as a maid to tell bedtime stories to his estranged daughter, Kamal takes us on a rollercoaster of laughter and joy, and maybe a tinge of pain to add to the taste.

1
Avvai Shanmugi
8OTTplay Rating
In this remake of Mrs. Doubtfire, Kamal Haasan portrays Pandian, a recently estranged husband and father who yearns to spend time with his daughter and takes on the role of an elderly woman as Shanmugi. But all sinks into chaos as multiple people fall in love with Shanmugi.
2
Thenali
7.6OTTplay Rating
Dr. Kailash (Jayaram) just wants to have some quiet time with his family. But unfortunately his ‘crazy’ patient Thenali (Kamal) follows him. There is no reason to fear Thenali because he is afraid of everything. The doctor loses his sanity when he realises that his sister has fallen for Thenali. The movie is the remake of What About Bob.
3
Pammal K. Sambandam
7.4OTTplay Rating
Sambhandham, portrayed by Kamal, in this remake of The Bachelor, is a man who is determined to remain unmarried. Proud and rugged, Sambhandham lives happily until a doctor falls for him out of the blue. Now he has to convince her not to love him. But would he be able to do that?
4
Panchathantiram
8.4OTTplay Rating
In the Tamil remake of Very Bad Things, Ram (Kamal) is a pilot who recently broke up with his fiance. His friends arrange a call girl to cheer him up. The girl ( Ramya Krishnan) turns out dead. Now Ram and his friends have to race against time to get rid of the corpse. Hilarious misunderstandings ensue.
5
Anbe Sivam
9.1OTTplay Rating
This Kamal-Madhavan starrer, which is the remake of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, explores the growing friendship of a communist and a commercial director. Being polar opposites, these two gentlemen had to travel together because of circumstances. How they get to their destination and how both of them are connected is the crux of the story.
6
Vasool Raja MBBS
7.7OTTplay Rating
The Hindi blockbuster Munnabhai MBBS was remade in Tamil with Kamal as Vasoolraja. The movie showcases the hilarious attempts made by a local goon, Vasoolraja to become a doctor and to remove the stain on his father’s honour.
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