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Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan to Wanted, Salman Khan and his love for remakes!

As Kisi K Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan hit the cinema halls, let's take a look at Salman Khan’s top 10 South remakes.

Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan to Wanted, Salman Khan and his love for remakes!
Salman Khan (Source: Instagram)
  • Reema Chhabda

Last Updated: 02.42 PM, Apr 21, 2023


The simplest formula for massive box office openings and an absolute guarantee for earning the best return on investment these days is to remake popular South Indian Hit Masala movies in Hindi. Remaking a script in its entirety enables the story to be expanded for a bigger audience and for marketing purposes.

Salman Khan's Wanted in 2009 helped to further solidify the unheard-of trend of remakes that was started by the phenomenal success of Aamir Khan's Ghajini in 2008.

But the truth is that Bollywood and South Indian cinema have always been influenced by one another. Only recently, partly as a result of the media, have we seen official remakes where the makers publicly acknowledge the source of the story.

Salman is now the Bollywood star who has had the greatest success recreating South Indian films. And as his latest South remake Kisi K Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan released in theatres today, let's take a look at the top 10 Salman Khan starring South remakes 

Below is the list in order of importance to his career. Read on!


This film is primarily to blame for the present craze in Bollywood for masala action films. Salman Khan was reinstated in the elite league, and more crucially, single-screen theatres were revived across the nation. Wanted is a remake of Telugu blockbuster movie Pokiri, directed by Puri Jagannath starring Mahesh Babu and Ileana D'Cruz. Prabhu Deva remade the film in Tamil with Vijay and Asin before directing the Hindi version.

Tere Naam:

Tere Naam, arguably his best performance, significantly relaunched Salman's career in 2003. It is a remake of the Tamil film Sethu, directed by Satish Kaushik and starring Vikram. With this movie, Bhoomika Chawla made her Bollywood debut. It had a notable music created by Himesh Reshammiya.

Biwi No 1:

Biwi No 1 is a remake of the 1995 Tamil film Sathi Leelavathi, which stars Kamal Hassan, Ramesh Aravind, Kalpana, and Heera and was directed by David Dhawan and produced by Vashu Bhagnani. Anil Kapoor apparently played Kamal Hassan's part in the Hindi adaptation. Biwi No 1 was released in 1999 during the Cricket World Cup and quickly rose to the top of the box office.


Another comedy by David Dhawan, silenced Salman's detractors in 1997 by becoming one of the year's biggest hits. For the first and only time in his distinguished career, Khan appeared in a double role. Nagarjuna, Ramya, and Soundarya star in the Hello Brother remake from the Telugu language film Judwaa. The action comedy Twin Dragons starring Jackie Chan served as the basis for the Telugu film.


Bodyguard is the third adaptation of Siddique's 2010 Malayalam film of the same name, starring Dileep and Nayantara; the first was the 2011 Tamil film Kaavalan, starring Vijay and Asin; and the second was this action-romantic film. Bodyguard, in which Kareena Kapoor starred with Salman, became the highest-grossing movie of 2011 and set multiple records.


Ready is the fourth remake of the 2008 Telugu film Ready, which starred Ram and Genelia D Souza. The Hindi remake starred Salman and Asin. Prior to its release in Hindi, the movie was remade in Tamil as Uthama Puthiran, starring Dhanush and Genelia D. Souza, and Kannada as Raam by Punith Rajkumar. Ready, which was produced by T-Series and directed by Anees Bazmee, was the second-highest grossing movie of 2011.

No Entry:

Despite being one of the best comedies in recent memory and the greatest hit of 2006, Salman is not the main lead in Anees Bazmee's No Entry, hence it is placed lower on this list. No Entry is a 2002 Tamil film starring Prabhudeva and Prabhu Ganeshan that was remade with Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Esha Deol, Lara Dutta, and Celina Jaitley. The economic success of the Tamil movie prompted remakes in Kannada (Kalla Malla Sulla), Telugu (Pellam Oorelithe), and Malayalam (Happy Husbands).

Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega:

Priyadarshan's 1997 Malayalam blockbuster Chandralekha, starring Mohanlal, was inspired by 1995 Hollywood film While You were sleeping. The following year, Krishna Vamsi remade the film with the same name in Telugu, starring Nagarjuna, Ramya, and Isha Koppikar. Two years later, Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji, and Preity Zinta starred in the film Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, which was produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Raj Kanwar. Shah Rukh Khan made a special appearance in the film. The movie had a mediocre box office performance.


This Priyadarshan film is an adaptation of his own 1986 Malayalam film Thalavattam, which he also directed. Salman's sensitive performance in the movie Kyonki, which also starred Kareena and Rimi Sen, received praise, although revenue of the film were disappointing.

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam:

The film, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Madhuri Dixit, is a remake of the Tamil film Thotta Chinungi, which was also directed by K.S. Adhiyaman. Karthik, Raghuvaran, and Revathi were the three main actors in the Tamil film. The film was produced over a five-year period and finally released in 2002 to mostly positive reviews.