Ruling the Roost up North


By Kaushik L M

There has been regular exchange of talents between the various film industries in the country. Technicians from the South have been ruling the roost in Bollywood while girls from the North have made a major mark in the Southern film industries. In this trivia, we take a look at Tamil directors who have ventured out to Bollywood in the recent past, with varying degrees of success.

Mani Ratnam – He is one director who is considered as the pride of the entire Indian film industry. Though his recent Tamil – Hindi bilinguals such as Raavan and Yuva weren’t commercial successes, Mani’s work is still held in high regard across the country. He directed Guru, a straight Hindi movie a few years back and catapulted Abhishek Bachchan as a bankable performer.

Shankar – The Hindi dubbed versions of his Tamil blockbusters such as Enthiran, Sivaji, Anniyan, Indian and Kaadhalan made raging business up North. Shankar also directed a straight Hindi movie, Naayak which was a remake of his own Mudhalvan.

A.R.Murugadoss – He has already directed Aamir Khan in the blockbuster Ghajini and is now helming Holiday, Thuppakki’s remake with Akshay Kumar in the lead. One of his earlier movies, Stalin, is now being remade as Jai Ho with Salman Khan in the lead, and the film is releasing big tomorrow across the world.

Prabhu Deva – His brand of movies are a regular staple every year in Bollywood. Last year, he directed Ramayya Vastavayya and R ... Rajkumar, both average grossers and this year, he has Action Jackson with Ajay Devgn. Prabhu Deva is a big favourite with the likes of Salman and Akshay and is a brand by himself in Bollywood.

Gautham Menon – His tryst with Bollywood has been through the remakes of his hit Tamil films such as Minnale and VTV. His cult cop flick Kaakha Kaakha was also remade by another director as Force, with John Abraham.

K.S.Ravikumar – The senior director helmed Policegiri, the remake of Hari – Vikram’s Saamy with Sanjay Dutt in the lead. The remake was no patch on the original and couldn’t replicate the massive success down South.

Vetrimaaran is also set to direct his first Hindi film, with Dhanush in the lead. Raanjhanaa director, Aanand Rai will be co-producing this film along with Dhanush.

Selvaraghavan and Sasikumar have also talked about venturing out into Bollywood with their directorial skills.

Here’s wishing all these brilliant directors continuing pan-Indian appeal in the coming years too.



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