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Director Neelakanta opts out of Telugu remake of Queen

According to industry grapevine, Neelakanta, who is directing the Telugu and Malayalam versions of the remake, has opted out of Telugu version following creative differences with Tamannaah Bhatia.

regional movies Updated: Jan 15, 2018 16:41 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Tamannaah Bhatia stars in the Telugu remake of Queen.(IANS)

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. 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. According to industry grapevine, filmmaker Neelakanta, who is directing the Telugu and Malayalam versions of the remake, has opted out of Telugu version following creative differences with Tamannaah. While the makers are yet to make an official announcement with respect to Neelakanta’s exit, sources close to the unit have confirmed the reports.

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 fiancée, played by Rajkummar Rao. Talking to Hindustan Times last year, Kajal said that she’s very particular that the original will 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.

The film’s Kannada version stars Parul Yadav, and it has been titled Butterfly. The film went on the floors last June, and is being directed by Ramesh Arvind, who is also helming the Tamil version as well. Actress Revathy was originally supposed to direct all versions of the film’s southern remakes. However, when she backed out due to unknown reasons, Ramesh was approached with the offer and he bagged it.

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First Published: Jan 15, 2018 16:38 IST