After actor Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan tasted success with Hindi remakes of films like Singham (2011) and Bodyguard (2011) respectively, Akshay Kumar too looks to be seeking inspiration from the south. After Rowdy Rathore, which is said to be a Hindi adaptation of Telegu film Vikramarkudu (2006), the actor is set to produce and act in the Hindi remake of Priyadarshan’s Malayalam film, The Arab, The Camel, and P Madhavan Nair (2011).
“Akshay is producing the Hindi remake of the film and will play the lead,” says Priyadarshan, who is directing the film. The Arab, The Camel, and P Madhavan Nair is a comedy. Priyadarshan apparently couldn’t come up with an appropriate Hindi title. “My Hindi is very bad, so the writers will think of the title. But it’s a hilarious movie,” he says.
The National Award-winning director’s next offering Tezz, starring actors Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Zayed Khan and Kangana Ranaut is his first action thriller. “Planning something like this means the right budget with right subject. When everything came in place, I did it,” says the director who was presented the Padma Shri this year.
‘I am against item songs’
Priyadarshan doesn’t approve of the item song Laila…, featuring actor Mallika Sherawat in his upcoming film, Tezz. The director says producer Ratan Jain of Venus Music forced its inclusion at the last moment. He says, “I am against item songs. Even if included, it should go with the film.” Priyadarshan refused to shoot the music video too. “Let people decide whether the song is relevant to the storyline or not.”
But if he is against item songs, what persuaded him to have one in Kamal Dhamal Malamaal? He says, “That’s the turning point of the film. It’s not just the item song. There are a lot of things happening during that song.”