Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan is all set to play the lead in the Hindi remake of Hollywood flick Chef. Written, produced and directed by Jon Favreau. “I’m delighted to see Chef get an Indian remake. I’m excited to see how this personal film translates to the Indian culture. The themes of food, music and family should resonate well,” Favreau said in a statement. He also featured as the protagonist in the film.
The original Chef starred Robert Downey Jr, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman. In India, the remake will be produced by Abundantia Entertainment, Eros International and Alumbra Entertainment.
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“Ever since I first saw Chef, I knew that this film had to be made in India. Charming relationships, a feel-good story and a unique journey of self-discovery make Chef the ideal film to bring alive in an Indian context. I’m also delighted that one of the finest actors in our country, Saif Ali Khan, will helm the title role in the Hindi version,” he added.
Production house Abundantia Entertainment, founded by Vikram Malhotra (former chief operating officer of Viacom18 Motion Pictures), acquired the remake rights from Favreau’s company Fairview Entertainment and went on to partner with Eros International.
Eros International will distribute the desi version worldwide. The work on the Hindi remake has begun and a script that will adapt the story to the Indian palate, keeping the flavour of the film intact, is already underway.
“Chef” is based on a professional chef, who quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity to its controlling owner, and launches a food truck with his friend and son.