It certainly can’t be a coincidence that the majority of Priyadarshan’s movies are remakes of Malayalam films. Even his latest outing, Mere Baap Pehle Aap is a remake. So why remakes and why Malayalam films in particular?
"When I started out in Bollywood, I worked on some original ideas by independent writers. But the experience and the outcome was far from favourable," said Priyadarshan. "That's when I decided to borrow from Malayalam films, which are so rich in content. However, I must say that Mere Baap Pehle Aap is my last remake. Henceforth, no more remakes for me.”
There’s yet another 'allegation' against this supremely successful director–that he repeats actors in every film he makes–Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav and Manoj Joshi. Doesn't it get repetitive?
“What's the harm? I'd look for alternatives the moment it starts getting monotonous. As long as the moviegoers enjoy my films, I don't wish to look elsewhere,” he said. “It's like the Tom & Jerry series. Haven't we watched them chasing each other for years now? But we aren't tired yet–we love to watch their antics over and over, don't we?" Priyan has a point.