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Ranveer, Akshay, Arjun all are on Bollywood’s regional film remake bandwagon

Films such as Ranveer Singh’s Simmba, Akshay Kumar’s untitled project, and Arjun Kapoor’s Arjun Reddy, not to mention the debut film of Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, are all inspired by regional cinema.

bollywood Updated: Feb 10, 2018 18:36 IST
Akshay Kumar,Ranveer Singh,Arjun Kapoor
Ranveer Singh’s Simmba is a remake of the Telugu film Temper (right).

Bollywood is famous for inspiring (and getting inspired) by films from all around the world. Films from south India have inspired many remakes, the best-known examples being Salman Khan’s 2009 film Wanted (from Pokkiri, 2007); and Akshay Kumar’s 2012 film Rowdy Rathore (from Vikramarkudu, 2006).

Many upcoming Bollywood films, too, have taken this route. Ranveer Singh’s Simmba is a remake of the 2015 Telugu film Temper; Arjun Kapoor’s Arjun Reddy has the same title as 2017 Telugu film; and Baaghi 2 is a remake of the 2016 Telugu thriller Kshanam. Then there’s Kanchana 2, a Tamil horror-comedy that’s being remade. A source close to the remake team tells us, “Yes, the film is happening, and the lead will be Akshay. The team is waiting for the right opportunity to announce it.”

The Tamil movie Kanchana 2 (right) will be remade, with Akshay Kumar cast in the Hindi film.

Trade expert Atul Mohan explains Bollywood’s fascination with regional cinema: “It helps to remake a film that has already proved itself at the box office. Earlier, say 30 years back, there weren’t any ‘official’ remakes. No one would come to know that the film was a remake, unless the producer himself remade the film. Today, people have exposure to TV and Internet, and the copyright laws are stricter.”

Arjun Kapoor’s Arjun Reddy is based on the Telugu film (right) of the same name.

Even Marathi films are being eyed by Bollywood. Sairat (2016), starring newcomers, was a humongous success, earning Rs 100 crore worldwide. The remake, Dhadak, is the launch vehicle of star kids Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter.

The remake of the Marathi film, Sairat (left), is titled Dhadak, and it is the launch vehicle of star kids Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter (right).

Actor Shreyas Talpade was the producer of the Marathi film, Poshter Boyz (2014), which he remade and directed himself in Hindi as Poster Boys (2017). Talpade says, “Ideally, when adapting a film into another language, we should stick to the strengths of the original. When we did so from Marathi to Hindi, the setting shifted from a Maharashtra village to a village in north India. Expectations are high, because a portion of the audience already knows the story — however, they’re curious to see ki agar original mein Dilip Prabhavalkar the, toh remake mein Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol kaise karenge.”

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First Published: Feb 10, 2018 18:36 IST