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Maddy over a film

Southern sensation R Madhavan is kicked over the Tamil remake of Dombivli Fast. Hiren Kotwani speaks to the actor.

regional movies Updated: Oct 18, 2007 11:42 IST
Hiren Kotwani

R Madhavan's fascination for the much-acclaimed Marathi film Dombivli Fast is only catching speed. Apart from watching the film umpteen times and playing the lead in the Tamil remake, he has also become its co-producer.

"I liked the Tamil version's first copy so much that I requested the producers Abbas-Mustan and K Sera Sera to allow me to be responsible for its final outcome. That's how I acquired the rights and became its co-producer," says the actor who has no plans to produce another project any time soon.

No more production
"Compared to a producer, an actor's job is cushy. I'm enjoying my career as an actor," he justifies.

"As an actor, I liked Dombivli Fast so much that I called up Nishikant Kamath, the director, asking him to cast me if the film is ever remade in Tamil," he says.

His fixation didn't stop there - Madhavan wrote the dialogue for the Tamil version Evano Oruvan. But the Tamil version is slightly different from the original.

Justifying the changes, Madhavan says, "The changes are minor but essential. We shot the film in Chennai on actual locations. We needed to alter the climax appropriately. Although it's different from the original, it retains the basic storyline."

Language no bar
The film, which is scheduled to release this December, is made by the original Dombivli Fast team.. using a Tamil cast. "The crew flew down, learnt Tamil and made the film with our actors.. it has been a fabulous experience," says the actor.

He adds that if Abbas-Mustan and K Sera Sera want to dub the film in Hindi, they can. But he'll ensure that the Tamil version is released with subtitles. "I'd like to know the response of the Hindi-speaking audience," he gushes.

The actor, who has four movies lined up for release, including Rituparno Ghosh's Sunglass and Nishikant Kamath's BombayMeriJaan, is content being a full-time actor.