Director Shirish Kunder, who has apparently postponed the release of his ambitious sci-fi film, Joker, from August 31 to September 14, as it was clashing with actor Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger, says that he is directing the actor’s next film, Kick, on Salman’s own recommendation. “The offer came from Salman himself,” says Kunder. Kick is the Hindi remake of the Tamil superhit Thillalangadi, which was remade in Telugu and titled Kick. The Telugu version starred actors Ravi Teja and Ileana D’Cruz. The Hindi remake is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. “I have worked with Sajid Nadiadwala before,” says Kunder, who will start the film by the end of this year. “It’s a ready script, so everything came on a plate. I just have to do the creative work.”
Salman seems to be on a South film remake spree — and doing very well at it. He struck gold, back-to-back, with the Hindi versions of two films, Ready (2011) and Bodyguard (2011). Kunder himself says he is open to remakes.
“Writing a film and making it takes a long time,” he explains. “I am trying to be flexible enough to work on other people’s scripts so that I can make more films.” However, he claims to be instilling the script of Kick with his own sensibilities and style so that the film has a bigger appeal.
“We will make it much better,” he says. “There is action but I will put in my style, not follow their style. We will give a more universal approach to it.”