With the biggest hit of the year turning out to be a remake of a Telugu hit—and we all know what Kabir Singh, the remake of Arjun Reddy starring Vijay Deverakonda, has done to the box-office — it is time to look at other remakes that promise to huff and puff and blow the box-office down. Can these releases do the same magic?
The official Tamil remake of the clutter-breaking Hindi film Pink stars Ajith as a retired lawyer returning to fight for three women who have been sexually assaulted. Boney Kapoor who produces this remake says it is very different from the original. Apparently the director of the original Annirudh Roy Choudhury saw the remake and felt it was even better than the original. Vidya Balan makes a special appearance in this film that Boney’s late wife Sridevi wanted to be remade in her mother tongue. You got it!
The official Hindi version of the 2010 Telugu blockbuster is a powerful political drama that should give Sanjay Dutt the long-awaited comeback signal he has been waiting for. Deva Katta who directed the original returns to do the remake. Among other things, Prasthanam reunites Sanjay Dutt with his co-star from Yaalgaar and Kartoos. Manisha Koirala who recently played the fictional Sanjay Dutt’s legendary mother Nargis in Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju, says Dutt has not changed one bit. I am not sure whether that’s a good or a bad thing.
3.Laal Singh Chaddha:
Do we really need a Hindi remake of the iconic Tom Hanks starrer Forrest Gump specially since Aamir Khan who stars in the remake directed by the relatively inexperienced Advait Chandan (Secret Superstar), has already done something similar in Raj Kumar Hirani’s PK? We shall know the answer in time. The project is yet to start filming. We hear Kareena Kapoor Khan is cast opposite Aamir.
This, we most certainly don’t need. Kartik Aryan playing a role immortalised by the great Sanjeev Kumar of a man cheating on his wife. The original sex comedy was funny because the actor was able to make adultery look funny. There was no sex just a lot of farcical foreplay. Aryan hardly has the skills to carry off a two-timer with grace. His ‘two-timers’ are played by Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Pandey. Ms Pandey was Aryan’s choice in place of Tapsee Pannu. The film carries so much negativity even before release. So no. I am not looking forward to Aryan’s mustachioed avatar.
5.Coolie No 1:
Speaking of Kartik Aryan, can Sara Ali Khan be far behind? David Dhawan’s remake of his own Govinda starrer, the 1995 hit Coolie No 1 brings Dhawan’s son Varun with Sara, the latter playing Karisma Kapoor’s role. Sounds like fun. How about an all-is-well guest appearance by Govinda?