3. Thalavattam (1986) into Kyon Ki… (2005)
Adapted from Ken Kesey’s iconic novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Priyadarshan’s film was one of the blockbusters of Malayalam cinema in the year 1986. Sadly, its Hindi remake in 2005, Kyon Ki…, ended up being a dismal one.
4. Vellanakalude Nadu into Khatta Meetha
Satire on the municipal mafia system in Kerala remains a classic in the Mohanlal filmography. Based on O Henry’s short story, After Twenty Years, it was remade in 2010 as Khatta Meetha. Again, it was Akshay Kumar who replaced the actor in the Hindi remake by Priyadarshan, Khatta Meetha (2010)
5. Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam (1986) into Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001)
In this comedy by Sathyan Anthikkad, the actor played a debt-ridden houseowner trying to get his tenants to vacate by hook or crook. A critical and commercial success, it took another decade and a half before Priyadarshan remade it in Hindi. Titled Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar, the film had Sunil Shetty in the lead.
6. Kireedam (1989) into Gardish (1993)
This film won the actor a Special Jury Award at the 1990 National awards. Playing the young unemployed son of a constable who is dragged into the murky underworld, Mohanlal displayed the angst and intensity that would become his hallmark. In 1993, Priyadarshan remade the film as Gardish, for which Jackie Shroff a Best Actor nomination at the Filmfare Awards that year.