Sources say that Big B will star in the Hindi version of Ra­jinikanth’s big-ticket re­lease

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

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.


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