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Awe director Prasanth Varma replaces Neelakanta in Queen’s Telugu remake. See pics

Filmmaker Neelakanta, who was directing the Telugu remake of Queen, quit the project over creative differences with the film’s lead heroine, Tamannaah Bhatia.

regional movies Updated: May 31, 2018 12:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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In December 2017, Tamannaah posted this picture from the shoot of Queen’s Telugu remake in France. (Tamannaahspeaks/Instagram)

The southern remake of Queen has faced several setbacks since the day it was announced. After months of dilly-dallying, the four southern versions of the film went on the floors around the same time last year. Not very long ago, filmmaker Neelakanta, who was directing the Telugu and Malayalam versions of the remake, opted out of the Telugu version following creative differences with Tamannaah. He eventually went on to leave the project entirely.

Prashant being welcomed by Tamannaah Bhatia and Queen’s Telugu remake team.

The latest update is that Prasanth Varma, who made heads turn with his terrific debut film Awe, has been brought in as replacement for Neelakanta. The makers via a statement on Wednesday confirmed that Prasanth has already started shooting for the project. He even celebrated his birthday on the sets of the film. Following Neelakanta’s exit, there were rumours that actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind would be handed over the responsibility to direct the Telugu as well as Malayalam versions of the film. However, the idea was quashed by the makers.

With the queens 👸 @manjimamohan @kajalaggarwalofficial @theparulyadav

A post shared by Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) on

In the southern remakes, while Tamannaah Bhatia and Kajal Aggarwal reprise Kangana Ranaut’s role in the Telugu and Tamil versions respectively, Parul Yadav and Manjima Mohan play the lead in Kannada and Malayalam versions.

Directed by Vikas Bahl, Queen featured Kangana Ranaut in an award-winning performance of Rani, a young girl, who goes on her honeymoon to Paris, after being dumped by her fiancé, played by Rajkummar Rao. Talking to Hindustan Times last year, Kajal said that she’s very particular that the original ought to be adapted to Tamil sensibilities. “The makers of the film and I are very clear that we want to adapt Queen to Southern sensibilities, and do it our own way. While the script will essentially remain the same, the treatment will be personalized. I will also add my own touch to the role,” she said.

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First Published: May 31, 2018 11:58 IST