The movies that comes to mind when I talk about a Hindi remaked movie from Malayalam are:-
1. Bhool Bhuliyaa (Manichitra Thazhu)
20 Years back Malayalam film industry saw one of the best movies of all time ever"MANICHITHRATHAZHU". It was a comedy/suspense/physiological thriller. Which featured many all time greats of mallu film industry. I am listing the actors and the corresponding role handled in Hindi.Mohan Lal -> Akshay Kumar
Shobana -> Vidhya Balan
Suresh Gopi -> Shiney Ahuja
Shyama Prassad -> Amisha Patel
Kuthira vattam Pappu -> Rajpal Yadav
Innocent -> Paresh Rawal
Nedumudi Venu -> Manoj Joshy
This movie will always remain a classic in malayalam. But when it was made into Hindi the comedy part got a bigger innovation with Akshay and Rajpal starring but the whole movie's value got a bit de-graded in comparison. If you ask any mallu who has seen both the movies, he will rate MANICHITRA TAZHU 9/10 and Bhool Bhuliya will be only getting only 7/10. Of course the Hindi auidence might have loved it but what I would say is that Priya Darshan tried to copy a Test match and ended up making a T20. I enjoyed the malayalam movie for sheer grace in acting which was turned into a clown like performance when the remaked version came out.
If you doubt me readers, Go take a DVD of Manichitra Thazhu and watch it with sub-titles. And please do keep in mind that this movie was made in 1992-93.
2.Billu Barber (Kadha parayumbol)
A film that was dedicated to the common people of Kerala. Portraying the life of a simple barber who faces the day-to-day challenges of life was shown in the M.Mohan directed "KADHA PARAYUMBOL". Where the character of the film star is only given a 30% importance.
But when it was made in Hindi by "Mr.Remaker" Priya darshan the movie gave more importance to the actors life(Zahir Khan) than to Billu who was suppose to be the Nucleus of the movie. The cast of the movie and corresponding roles in Hindi is as follows:-Sreenivasan - Irfan Khan
Saleem Kumar - Rajpal Yadav
Mammooty - Shah Rukh Khan
Innocent - Manoj Joshy
Meena - Lara Dutta
Malayalam Film industry is not heard for the glamour and flair but always a welcomed good movies with open hands. When Mr.Remaker is trying to copy them he should at least be able just to the story. He was very much successful in innovating and adding humour(most copied from different malayalam movies) but failed to improvise on the goodness of the story. For the Mallu version I would rate 9/10 and for hindi a mere 6/10.
3. Garam Masala (Boeing Boeing)
A film which made us laugh till our stomach started. Sorry folks, I am not talking about Garam Masala, I was quotting the mallu version of it. Even though Priya Darshan was the director for both the versions he had to compromise humour to add more glamour and songs in the hindi version. No matter the block busters Akki Nor Indian Schwarzenegger (john Abraham) could do what Mohan lal and Mukesh did in the mallu version which released in 1985. A gap of 20 years between the mallu and hindi version. The plus point with hindi version was the songs and choreography was even more spectacular than what we saw in the 1985 movie. But Akki in Mohan lal's shoes was too hard to digest for we keralites. The cast in 1985 and the cats in reamked version are as follows:-Mohan lal -> Akshay Kumar
Mukesh -> John Abraham
Sukhumari -> Paresh Rawal
Maniyan Pilla -> Rajpal Yadav
Guys I am not trying to insult Priyadarshan but what would you all feel if Swadesh was remaked in Tamil with scrapping half the goodness in the movie just to add an item song (Dhappamkoothe in Tamil)? Same is my feeling when I see these remakes. There are many more movies in this list. The upcoming Remaker movie Kamaal Dhammal Malmaal is a copy from "Mary kke unde oru Kunjaad"
Kyon Ki copied from a classic Malayala movie "Thalavattam",
Phir hera pheri from Mannar mathai speaking, Chup Chup ke from Punjabi house, Body Guard from Body Gaurd and a lots more. If any of you have seen both the versions of the above mentioned movies and feel that my comments are wrong then please respond to me.