The trend of Bollywood remakes of south movies continues. And the latest hit to be adapted in Hindi is the 2011 Malayali blockbuster, Traffic (2011).
According to latest news, production house Endemol India has bought the rights of the film and is remaking it under its banner, Eyedentity Motion Pictures. They have roped in Manoj Bajpayee as well as popular Bengali actors Parambrata Chatterjee and Prosenjit Chatterjee in the lead. The original film starred actors Sreenivasan, Kunchacko Boban and Rahman.
“We have been actively scouting for subjects and scripts that we can develop into a potential film for the Hindi market. Since this film deals with a subject that hasn’t been explored in Bollywood yet, we spoke to the director (Rajesh Pillai) and got the rights. It’s an emotional thriller with a medical theme, told in a very different manner,” says Deepak Dhar, chief executive officer, Endemol India.
Given the realistic theme of the film, the makers say they wanted to rope in an unconventional cast that could do justice to the
characters. “We wanted to get on board actors who would be able to perform break-out cinema. We have an interesting cast; Manoj Bajpayee plays a central character who tells the story,” he adds.
Unlike the other Bollywood remakes of south movies, this project will have the original director helming the Hindi project
as well. “We wanted the same directorial vision in this film too,” explains Deepak. The makers are yet to decide on the female lead. “We are a bit careful about the casting. So far, we have only signed the male leads. We’ll finalise the female lead soon,” Deepak adds.
Bollywood remakes and their south hits
Rowdy Rathore (2012): Vikramarkudu (2006)
Singham (2011): Singam, (2010)
Bodyguard (2011): (Bodyguard, 2010)
Ghajini (2008): (Ghajini, 2005)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007): Manichitrathazhu (1993)