A bevy of Bollywood filmmakers are seeking inspiration from international potboilers. And, it’s all being done officially.
Shekhar Suman’s Heartbeat
The remake of Jessica Alba-starrer Awake, will be directed by actor Shekhar Suman and will star his actor-son Adhyayan. “We are in the process of buying the remake rights because we don’t want any copyright issues later. It is an adaptation of the original film but situations and characters will be altered. We really liked the concept of anesthesia awareness and will be using it,” says Shekhar, who plays a surgeon in the film while Adhyayan will play his friend.
Sunil Pandey’s untitled film
Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will be producing the remake of Everybody’s Famous, an Oscar- nominated Belgian film, that was directed by Dominique Deruddre. The Hindi remake, not yet titled, will be directed by Sunil Pandey. The film is about a father who dreams of making his daughter a singer. “The father-daughter story is so Indian. Only Amitabh Bachchan can play the father and he accepted it,” says Mehra.
Neerav Ghosh’s Soundtrack
Soundtrack stars actor Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha Ali Khan and is the remake of award-winning Canadian film, It’s All Gone Pete Tong. “We took its rights and adapted it in Indian style,” says director Neerav Ghosh. The story revolves around a DJ who becomes deaf and a deaf-mute girl, played by Soha, who learnt sign language for her role.