Priyadarshan, a popular Malayalam film maker mostly known for his slap-stick comedy films, picks hit films from South and remodels them for Hindi. Unlike Mani Rathnam, who simultaneously makes his films for Tollywood as well as Bollywood; Bombay or Yuva, for example.
Priyan took Bharathan’s Thevar Magan (in Tamil) and made Viraasat, then picked his own first movie, Poochakkoru Mookkuthi to make Hungama, remade the amazing director duo Siddique-Lal’s ‘Ramji Rao Speaking’ as Hera Pheri, Godfather as Hulchul, Fazil’s Aniyathipraavu as Doli Saja Ke Rehna and probably has many more in the pipeline.
The above movies were remade, not copied. There was enough credit given to the makers of the originals. Many of them faired very well also, in the boxoffice and as films I think.
It would be an interesting task to make a ‘viable for a remake’ list of films from Malayalam — which can boast of an unending stream of amazing film makers who actually invented the cross-over films.
I think Bollywood is yet to discover (and copy) films of brilliant directors like Padmarajan, Bharathan, Aravindan, Hariharan and the new brigade of Sibi, Lohithadas or Jayaraj.