This seems like the season of remakes. What is even more interesting is that remakes are now being acknowledged. Gone are those days when a film was remade without even a by-your-leave.
The Akshay-Kumar-Sidharth Malhotra Hindi starrer, Brothers -- to open on August 14 and which has been remade from Warriors -- will soon have Telugu and Tamil versions. Tamil actors like Suriya, Karthi and Vikram have been in talks for possible roles.
Also, Telugu actors, such as Ram Charan and Rana Daggubati (recently seen in Bahubali/Baahubali), have been sounded out.With the phenomenal success of movies like Drishyam (Malayalam to Telugu to Tamil to Hindi) and Baahubali (Telugu to Bahubali in Tamil), there is a renewed interest in remakes or bilinguals. Once the leading production houses of the time, AVM and Gemini, freely remade films -- Hindi to Tamil or vice-versa.
Suriya in a poster from his 2014 movie Anjaan. The other remake that is being keenly looked forward to is Kamal Haasan's Thoongavanam, adapted from the French work, Sleepless Night -- about a police detective out to rob a pair of drug couriers, who, it turns out are carrying the contraband of a powerful night-club owner.
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Karthi in a poster from his 2014 film Madras. Warriors, an American sports drama helmed by Gavin O Connor in 2011 and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, is a painful story of two estranged brothers who come to terms with each other's past on a martial arts ring. Nick Nolte, who essayed their alcoholic and abusive father, was nominated for the Best Supporting Oscar.
Vikram with Amy Jackson in a still from their 2014 film, I. Warriors is, in many ways, similar to an Indian movie, high on sentiment and emotion. One remembers those scenes where the father after quitting the drink and returning to the Catholic fold, hits the bottle again when one of the brothers who had left the old man, refuses to patch up. Deeply moved by his father's angst, the son melts.
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Ram Charan in a still from his Hindi film Zanjeer, a remake of cult classic of the same name starring Amitabh Bachchan. Brothers, directed by Karan Malhotra (best known for his 2012 Agneepath), will have Jacqueline Fernandez, Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah (an excellent performance in Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do) on the credits list as well.
Rana Daggubati in a still from his film Baahubali.
Also, Brothers comes in the wake of a growing interest in sports works. It all began with Shahrukh Khan's hockey adventure in Chak De India, and this was followed by movies like Paan Singh Tomar (steeplechase), Bhaag Milka Bhaag (Farhan Akhtar as an Olympian runner) and Mary Kom (Priyanka Chopra as a boxer).