Apart from Malayalam films Priyadarshan has also directed Hindi, Tamil and Telugu movies. His foray into Bollywood was with the movie Muskurahat (1993) remake of malayalam film Kilukkam. This was a failure at the box office and it went largely unnoticed. His first successful Hindi film was Gardish, a remake of the malayalam film Kireedam (1989).
He made his second foray into Hindi films with the remake of the acclaimed Kamal Haasan starrer Thevar Magan (Tamil) in Hindi. The film was titled Virasat and was made with the help of writer Vinay Shukla. The success of the film established Priyadarshan as a sought after director in Bollywood along with the cast and crew of the film including Tabu, Ravi K Chandran (cinemotography) and Anu Malik (music).
He later came up with a string of remakes including Hera Pheri (2000) (remake of Ramji Rao Speaking), Hungama (2003) (remake of Poochakkoru Mookkuthi), Hulchul (2004) (remake of Godfather), Garam Masala (2005) (remake of Boeing Boeing), Chup Chup Ke (2006) (remake of Punjabi House) and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) (Remake of Manichitrathazhu)
Priyadarshans movies are noted for their rich exotic visuals, songs and slapstick humour. He often works with the technical team comprising of N. Gopalakrishnan (editor), S. Kumar (cinemotography) and Sabu Cyril (art director).
Some of the remakes of Priyadarshan however failed to achieve boxoffice success. These include Muskurahat (1993), Kabhi Na Kabhi (1997) (not a remake), Doli Sajake Rakhna (1998) (remake of Aniyathipravu), Yeh Tera Ghar Ye Mera Ghar (2002), (remake of Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam)and Kyonki (2005)(remake of Thaalavattom).
The original directors and screenwriters are either not acknowledged in the Hindi version, or are acknowledged simply under 'Story'. For instances Hulchul was originally written and directed by Siddique-Lal who was not credited as the screenwriter in spite of it being an exact copy (with dialogues translated to Hindi). Soon after the release of Bhool Bhulaiyaa, in an interview with Rediff.com, the original screenwriter Madhu Muttam claimed that he was not consulted with and the original director, Fazil (also Priyadarshan's mentor) refused to comment on the film. When asked about plagiarism accusations, Priyadarshan told The Hindu that "Today, 99% of the films are copied" . It is also a generally held opinion that Priyadarshan's remakes are far inferior in quality to the originals.
The table below lists the remakes Priyadarshan has made in Hindi vs the original film:
|Film||Year - Cast||Original Film||Year - Cast|
|Untitled||2009 - Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai|
|Pirate (film)||2008 - Kunal Khemu, Deepika Padukone, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav|
|Billo Barber||2008 - Irfan Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Lara Dutta||Kadha Parayumbol||2007 - Sreenivasan, Mammootty, Mukesh, Jagathy, Meena. Director - R.Mohanan|
|Kanchivaram||2008 - Prakash Raj||Own creation|
|Mere Baap Pehele Aap||2008 - Akshay Khanna,Paresh Rawal||Ishtam||2001 - Dileep, Nedumudi Venu. Director - Sibi Malayil|
|Dhol||2007 - Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Rajpal Yadav, Sharman Joshi||In Harihar Nagar||1990 - Mukesh, Siddique, Jagadish, Asokan. Director - Siddique-Lal|
|Bhool Bhulaiya||2007 - Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja,Amisha Patel||Manichitrathazhu||1993 - Mohanlal,Suresh Gopi,Shobana Director - Fazil|
|Bhagam Bhag||2006 - Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Lara Dutta||Mannar Mathai SpeakingNadodikkattu||1995 - Mukesh, Saikumar, Innocent, Vaani Viswanath. Director - Mani C kapan|
|Malamaal Weekly||2006 - Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Ritesh Deshmukh, Reema Sen||Waking Ned Divine(English)||1995 - Ian Bannen, David Kelly ,Fionnula FlanaganDirector - Kirk Jones|
|Chup Chup Ke||2006 - Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor||Punjabi House||1998 - Dileep, Mohini. Director - Rafi & Macartin|
|Kyon Ki||2005 - Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rimi Sen||Thalavattam||1986 - Mohanlal, Karthika, Lizy. Director - Priyadarshan|
|Garam Masala||2005 - Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Paresh Rawal||Boeing Boeing||1985 - Mohanlal, Mukesh, Sukumari. Director - Priyadarshan|
|Hulchul||2004 - Akshay Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Amrish Puri||Godfather||1991 - Mukesh, Kanaka, N.N. Pillai. Director - Siddique & Lal|
|Satyaghat - Crime Never Pays||2003- Mohanlal, Rami Reddy||Abhimanyu||1992 - Mohanlal, Rami Reddy, Director - Priyadarshan|
|Hungama||2003 - Akshay Khanna, Rimi Sen, Aftab Shivdasani||Poochakkoru Mookkuthi||1984 - Mohanlal, Menaka, Shankar. Director - Priyadarshan|
|Laysa Laysa||2002 (Tamil) - Shaam, Trisha Krishnan, Madhavan||Summer in Bethlahem Cheppu||1998 - Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Manju Warrier. Director - Sibi Malayil 1980 - Mohanlal. Director - Priyadarshan|
|Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar||2001 - Sunil Shetty, Mahima Chaudhry||Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam||1986 - Mohanlal, Karthika. Director - Satyan Anthikad|
|Hera Pheri||2001 - Sunil Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal||Ramji Rao Speaking||1989 - Mukesh, Saikumar, Innocent. Director - Siddique & Lal|
|Kabhi Na Kabhi||1998 - Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff,Paresh Rawal,Pooja Bhat||-||-|
|Doli Saja Ke Rakhna||1998 - Akshay Khanna, Jyothika||Aniyathi Pravu||1997 - Kunchako Boban, Shalini. Director - Fazil|
|Virasat||1997 - Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Pooja Batra||Thevar Magan (Tamil)||1992 - Kamal Haasan, Revathi, Gauthami. Director - Bharathan|
|Saat Rang Ke Sapne||1997 - Arvind Swamy, Juhi Chawla||Thenmavin Kombath||1994 - Mohanlal, Sobhana. Director - Priyadarshan|
|Gardish||1993 - Jackie Shroff, Amrish Puri||Kireedam||1989 - Mohanlal, Thilakan. Director - Sibi Malayil|
|Chori Chori||1988 - Mithun Chakravorthy, Gauthami (Hindi version directed by K.BAPPAIAH)||Chithram||1988 - Mohanlal, Renjini. Director - Priyadarshan|
|Muskurahat||1992 - Jay Mehta, Revathi||Kilukkam||1989 - Mohanlal, Revathi. Director - Priyadarshan|