Well, thanks to our Indian filmmakers who have not only entertained us but also helped break the barriers and spread the message of love through the cinematic medium within the length and breadth of the country. Since Independence, the film industries of all the corners have had some of it actors as well as technicians switching back and forth within industries of various languages and delivering brilliance regularly on screen.


Coming to the South industry where the films have been either dubbed or remade and even follow the suit of it is people switching back and forth. Along with the actors, technicians and even musicians, the South industry has also given us some of the finest filmmakers who have won the hearts of the people in North too.

Though, now the scene id different with more dubbed films and even subtitled films coming which have made their local names a rage among the cinema enthusiast everywhere, here is the list of those master storytellers who have succeeded in crossing over South and North with their brilliance in the recent past.

mani ratnam


One of the master storytellers of Indian Cinema presently whose films have dealt with various issues and brought new styles form all departments inspired by directors like Akira Kurosawa, Francis Ford Coppola, and Krzysztof Kieślowski. The director had his classics like “Nayakan” (1987), “Anjali” (1989), “Roja” (1992), “Thiruda Thiruda” (1993) and even “Bombay” (1994) dubbed in the Hindi circuit where not only his talent was recognized but also the films did exceedingly well at the box office. He also made films like “Dil Se” (1998), “Yuva” (2004), “Guru” (2007) and “Raavan” (2010) who have made their way into the hearts of the Hindi audience brilliantly in terms of the narrative, music score (A.R. Rahman) and technical brilliance as well.

ram gopal verma


Started with the cult-classic “Shiva” which did well at Telugu and Hindi versions alike for its contemporary theme and innovative storytelling techniques. Ram Gopal Varma co-authored Mani Ratnam’s “Thiruda Thiruda” (1993)  and even co-produced his first Hindi film “Dil Se” (1998). RGV (As he is fondly called) also made films in Hindi where he brought some popularized contemporary cinema in a more attractive manner with cult-classics like “Rangeela” (1995) and “Satya” (1998) which showcased the best of Bombay Underworld. Then he continued making films in Hindi where he brought some of the finest names in the industry today like Anurag Kashyap, Jaideep Sahni, Shimit Amin and so on. Simultaneously, he mostly made films in Telugu like “Gaayam” (1988), “Gulabi” (1995) till “Anukshanam” (2014) which tasted instant success .He also continued his tryst with Hindi cinema with films like ” Attacks of 26/11″ and “Killing Veerappan” whose earlier Kannada version (made by himself) was an instant success.



Yes, he has had his share of his success with all his Tamil blockbusters since “Gentleman” (1994) till “Enthiran” (2010) being dubbed in Hindi which not only did well at the Box Office but also was embraced by the audiences for their over the top treatment, action sequences, scoring (A. R. Rahman and Harris Jayaraj) and punchlines as well. He remade his own film “Mudhulavan” (2000) in Hindi as “Nayak” (2001) which now enjoys a cult following and had it is dialogues written by Anurag Kashyap! He adapted the Hindi classic “3 Idiots” into one of the Tamil blockbusters of 2012 “Nanban.” He has also worked with actors like Danny Denozangappa, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Manisha Koirala and Akshay Kumar who have also had their share of switching back forth in Tamil and Hindi through these films!

Kamal Hassan


The veteran actor who was a rage in the Southern circuit, also successfully made his way towards Hindi circuit with films like “Ek Dooje Ke Liye” (1980), “Saagar” (1985), “Pushpak” (1988) and “Appu Raja” (1990). Then he switched on as the producer, writer, and director where he co-adapted the 1995 Hindi classic “Drohkaal” as “Kuruthipunal.” One of the blockbusters of the ’90s “Thevar Magan” (1995) where he scripted and acted, was brought to Hindi by him in “Virasat” (1997) which was directed by Priyadarshan and was a blockbuster. His film “Avvai Shanmughai” (1996) was remade by himself in Hindi as “Chachi 420” (1997) which was a blockbuster. He also made films in both languages  simultaneously like “Hey Ram!” (2000), “Vishwaroopam” (2013) and the ongoing project “Sabash Naidu” (Shabash Kundu in Hindi) which brought actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Shekhar Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and even Rani Mukherjee to share space in Tamil Cinema!



As a matter of fact, Priyadarshan has mostly been active in making socially relevant films in Malayalam Cinema mostly which starred Mohanlal mostly and some famous films in Tamil and Telugu as well which have struck gold in the National as well as international circuits too. In Hindi, he adapted some notable films like “Manichirathazhu” into “Bhool Bhulaiyya” (2007), “Kireedam” into “Gardish” (1993) and “Ramji Rao Speaking” into “Hera Pheri” (2000). He made films like “Hungama”,”Hulchul”, “Garam Masala”, “Chup Chup Ke”, “Malamal Weekly”, “Bhaagam Bhag” and “Dhol” which enjoy their share of following among the viewers for some of their excellent comic moments, making names like Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal big in entertaining audiences.

S. S. Rajamouli


One of the top-notch filmmakers gifted from Telugu Cinema, Rajmouli struck gold with the Hindi audience with the National Award winning film “Magadheera” (2009) which did well in the Hindi circuit for its “Shankar like”  treatment and current narrative. He came back with the film “Makkhi” (2012) which was dubbed in Hindi from his bilingual film “Eega” (Telugu) and “Naan Ee” (Tamil) which was again embraced well by the Hindi audiences, along with doing well at home as well as award functions in national and international circuit. The latest “Baahubali” (2015) struck gold not only among the South audiences but also in the Hindi circuit, earning 150 Crore plus from there itself! With the second installment coming next year in 2017, one can predict easily about the rush and ‘double success’ of the film!

Prabhu Deva


Started off as an “excellent dancing” actor in dubbed films like “Humse Hai Muqabla” (Kadhalan/1994) and “Sapnay” (Minsaara Kanavu/1997). Prabhudeva made his way than as a choreographer as well as an actor and then ventured into direction with the Telugu blockbuster “Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana” (2005).He also struck in Hindi industry with films like “Wanted” (2009), “Rowdy Rathore” (2012) and  “R…Rajkumar” (2013). He also acted in the “ABCD: Any Body Can Dance” series where his dance and acting were equally appreciated and the films were blockbusters!


A.R. Murugadoss


One of the leading filmmakers of Tamil cinema, Murugadoss remade his films “Ghajini” (2005) into “Ghajini” (2008), “Thuppakki”(2012) into “Holiday” (2014).He struck gold brilliantly at the box office for its new narrative, action direction, exceptionally great performances by the lead and the scoring as well. The film “Jai Ho” (2014) was adapted from the Telugu film “Stalin” (2006) which was directed by him. His latest Hindi movie “Akira” is a remake of the film “Mouna Guru” (2011) where Anurag Kashyap plays the antagonist!

Gautham Vasudevjan


Well, his film “Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein” enjoys a cult following among the youngsters heavily which were the remake of his own Tamil film “Minnale” (2000). The 2011 Hindi blockbuster “Force” (Nishikant Kamat) was an adaptation of his film “Kaakha Kaakha” (2003). The National Award winning renowned director also remade his own classic “Vinnaithandi Varuvaya” (2010) into “Ekk Deewana Tha” which is fondly remembered for its score and some crucial moments too.