It’s just that the era of remake films has grown over the last decade. But it is not only in the case of Hindi film industry i.e. Bollywood. If it is a remake of the film, then the sinking career of Thalaiva Rajinikanth, the biggest superstar of Southern cinema, was once saved only because of the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s film known as Bollywood’s Angry Young Man. Not even one or two, in 11 pictures. Even when Rajinikanth, worried about his sinking career, almost decided that he would leave the world of cinema.
Amitabh’s film revives Rajinikanth’s sunken career.
Rajinikanth has repeatedly referred to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan as his inspiration. The two have worked together in Bollywood films like ‘Andha Kanoon’, ‘Him’ and ‘Giraftar’. There was a time in the 70’s and 80’s when Rajinikanth earned both name and money by working on the Tamil remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Hindi film. It started with the movie ‘Shankar Selim Simon’ released in 1978. It was actually a Tamil remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ released in 1977. This was followed by ‘Nan Vajavipen’ released in 1979, a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s 1974 release ‘Majboor’.
The remake of ‘Dawn’ ‘Billa’ made Rajinikanth a superstar
Rajinikanth has acted in Tamil remakes of 11 of Amitabh Bachchan’s films, which ultimately brightened his career. Among them, Rajinikanth’s film that benefited the most was Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Dawn’, written by Selim-Javed. It is said that this was the time when Rajinikanth almost decided to quit acting. But with the release of Billa in 1980, he returned to Tamil cinema. It was actually a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Dawn’ released in 1978. Rajinikanth played a dual role in ‘Billa’ and it became his first commercial hit.
1. Don- Billa.
Amitabh Bachchan’s 1978 superhit film ‘Don’ was released in 1980 as ‘Billa’ in Tamil. It is considered as one of the best films of Rajinikanth’s career.
2. Amar Akbar Anthony – Shankar Selim Simon
‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, and Vinod Khanna was remade twice in the South with Rajinikanth. In 1978, Rajinikanth remade the film in Tamil with the title ‘Shankar Selim Simon’. It stars Vijay Kumar as Shankar, Joy Ganesh as Selim and Rajinikanth as Simon. Later the same film was remade in Telugu as ‘Robert, Ram, Rahim’. Chandra Mohan has played the role of Krishna in the role of Robert, Rajinikanth in the role of Ram and Rahim.
3. Murder Pasina- Shiva
Amitabh’s 1977 superhit film ‘Khun Pasina’ was released in 1989 with Rajinikanth in Tamil under the title ‘Shiva’.
4. Trishul- Sri Bharat.
In 1985, Amitabh’s blockbuster film ‘Trishul’ was also remade. Rajinikanth played the lead role in the film titled ‘Sri Bharat’. The film was also a blockbuster in the South.
5. Labarish – Panakkaran
Amitabh Bachchan’s great performance in ‘Lawaris’ is still acclaimed. Released in 1981, the Hindi film was released in 1990 with Rajinikanth under the title ‘Panakkaran’.
6. Mard- Maveran.
Released in 1985, Amitabh Bachchan’s film ‘Mard’ is still very popular for its dialogue. In 1986, the film was remade in the south with the title ‘Maveran’. Rajinikanth was in the lead role.
7. Salt Halal- Velakaran
Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor’s superhit film ‘Namak Halal’ was released in Hindi in 1982. It was reconstructed in Tamil. Rajinikanth again played the role of Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Velaikaran’.
8. Khuddar- Padikathavan.
Khuddar, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Binod Mehra and Parveen Babi, was remade in Tamil in 1985 as Padikathavan. Rajinikanth played the lead role of Amitabh Bachchan.
Yash Chopra’s ‘Diwar’ did magic on the silver screen. The Hindi film starred Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. Rajinikanth remade the film in Tamil. He played the role of Amitabh Bachchan and named it ‘The’.
10. Majboor – Nan Vajvaipen.
‘Majboor’ was directed by Ravi Tandon in 1974. Amitabh Bachchan was in the lead role. Five years later, in 1979, Rajinikanth rediscovered the Tamil film ‘Nan Bahavavipen’.
11. Kasme Bhade- Dharmathin Thalaivan.
Rajinikanth’s ‘Dharmathin Thalaivan’ is also a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s film. While Randhir Kapoor starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Bollywood’s ‘Kasme Bhade’, Prabhu, Suhasini and Khushboo starred opposite Rajinikanth in the Tamil version of the film.