7.Kilukkam (1991) into Muskurahat (1992)
One of the highest grossing films of its time, Kilukkam saw Priyadarshan combine the talents of Revathi, Mohanlal and Jagathy Sreekumar for a musical romantic comedy. The film won 5 awards at the Kerala State Awards, including Best Actor for Mohanlal. Sadly, its remake Muskurahat was a flop in the box office.
8. Thenmavin Kombathu (1994) into Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998)
This film brings together Mohanlal, RD Burman, and Rajinikanth in trivia universe. It was this classic by Priyadarshan that was remade as Muthu (1995), which led the Japanese to fall in love with the great Rajinikanth. As for Mohanlal, the film enhanced his reputation with musical romances, winning five major awards at the Kerala State Awards in 1995. While the Tamil film worked wonders, the Hindi remake had Arvind Swamy and Juhi Chawla in the lead. It sank without a trace, leading to a lull in Priyadarshan’s Hindi cinema career.
9. Manichitrathazhu (1993) – Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)
If you had to watch a film, it has to be this. Remade in Tamil with Rajinikanth, and in Hindi with Akshay, Manichitrathazhu is a wonderful little package that combines comedy with horror. Remade by Priyadarshan himself with Akshay and Vidya Balan replacing Mohanlal and Shobana, the film was a blockbuster hit.
10. Drishyam (2013) into Drishyam (2015)
Already being praised as a classic thriller, Drishyam was proof of the actor’s deep reservoir of talent. Playing an ordinary cable operator who covers up a murder based on his encyclopedic knowledge of films, Mohanlal delivered a masterclass. The film was remade in four languages, with Ajay Devgn playing the role in the Hindi version. It went on to be a critical and commercial success at the box office.