Re­gional films gift Bollywood crack­er­jack movie plots

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri

B ol­ly­wood is fa­mous for in­spir­ing (and get­ting in­spired) by films from all around the world. Films from south In­dia have led to many re­makes, e.g. Sal­man Khan’s Wanted (2009; from Pokkiri, 2007); and Ak­shay Ku­mar’s Rowdy Rathore (2012; 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 time to an­nounce it.”

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 know that the film was a re­make, un­less the pro­ducer him­self re­made the film. To­day, peo­ple [learn through] TV and In­ter­net, and the copy­right laws are strict.”

Even Marathi films are be­ing eyed by Bollywood. Sairat (2016), star­ring two new­com­ers, earned ₹100 crore. The re­make, Dhadak, is the launch ve­hi­cle of Jhanvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khat­ter.

Ac­tor Shreyas Tal­pade was the pro­ducer of the Marathi film, Poshter Boyz (2014), which he re­made in Hindi as Poster Boys (2017). Tal­pade says, “When adapt­ing a film into an­other lan­guage, we should stick to the strengths of the orig­i­nal.” He adds that a re­make has to deal with higher ex­pec­ta­tions, but the cu­rios­ity fac­tor works in its favour. n

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

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

Ran­veer Singh’s Simmba is a re­make of the Tel­ugu film Tem­per (in­set)

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