BACHCHAN IN KABALI REMAKE
Sources say that Big B will star in the Hindi version of Rajinikanth’s big-ticket release
Holidays in offices, Kabali car number plates, and garlanded posters on vehicles — Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s film, Kabali, opened to a thundering audience on Friday. While the dubbed Hindi version has not performed as well as the South Indian versions, it’s learnt that Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will do a full-fledged Hindi version of the film.
“Big B will star in the Hindi remake. Rajini’s Tamil films don’t do well in Hindi because they are culture-specific. Kabali is set in the Tamil community in Malaysia. The flavour and dialogues are peculiar to the community,” says a source.
Many of Big B’s films have been remade into Tamil with Rajinikanth in the lead — Deewaar (1975) as Thee, Don (1978) as Billa and Namal Halaal (1982) as Velaikaran. Kabali, however, will be one of the few Rajini starrers to make it to Bachchan’s body of work.
And mind you, Rajinikanth’s fan-following extends to Big B. “Rajini is phenomenal. The largest, the best and truly the BOSS... The adulation, the following is incomparable. We are friends. His modesty, simplicity and demeanour are legendary,” says Bachchan, who shares a fact: “Do you know, a Fiat car he bought when he attained early success remained with him till recently and only he was allowed to use that car?”
Bachchan also spells out admirable character traits in the Tamil superstar. “He’s a humble human-being, and a caring, considerate co-star. He’s religious, traditional and charitable. With his equally modest wife, he has brought up their two daughters well. For me, the way your offsprings turn out is the truest reflection of your achievements,” says Big B.