12 April, 2021

Style South, Operation North

The Ghajini factor and universal themes makes for a season of South remakes in Bollywood

Style South, Operation North

It’s southern remake season in Bollywood. Which is not to discount the number of south Indian films  remade in Mumbai since the film industries of the respective regions came into being. But now the tide has turned to spate—fuelled by recent successes like Wanted and Ghajini. “It’s the success factor. If the film has worked in one region, the gamble of it not working in another gets greatly reduced,” says Amitabh Bachchan who has himself worked in a number of remakes. Meanwhile, AB Jr is in talks with Prabhu Deva on the remake of Telugu film Okkadu. Coming up next are Anees Bazmi’s Salman Khan-starrer based on Telugu film Ready; Gautham Menon’s Tamil action thriller Kaakha Kaakha being remade by Nishikant Kamat with John Abraham and Asin; and the Rohit Shetty-directed Ajay Devgun-starrer, a remake of the Malayalam film, Puthiya Mukham.

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