Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will be playing the lead role in the Hindi remake of 2014 South film Kaththi, which starred Tamil superstar Vijay. According to a report in a leading daily, the Hindi version of the action thriller film has been titled Ikka and will be directed by Akshay’s Mission Mangal director Jagan Shakti. The film, which was delayed due to Mission Mangal, is expected to go on the floors very soon. Kaththi -- which had Vijay playing a double role -- is based on farmer suicides in India. It is the story of a man who stands up for the rights of famers against corrupt multinational companies. It will be adapted for the Bollywood-movie audience. The director, while speaking to the daily newspaper, shared that the subject was close to his heart.
"It will resonate with the underprivileged section of the society. With my second directorial, I want to explore action which is presented in a sleek way,” he added.
Jagan Shakti previously worked as an assistant director on films like Cheeni Kum, Paa, English Vinglish, Padman, Naam Hai Akira, Thuppaki and Holiday. His upcoming film, Mission Mangal, will mark his directorial debut and is based on India’s Mars Orbiter Mission and tells the story of the team of scientists behind this mission. Apart from Akshay Kumar, the film also stars a huge female star cast, including Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Nithya Menen and Kirti Kulhari. It is slated for release on Indian Independence Day, 15th August 2019, and will clash at the box office with John Abhraham's Batla House and Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Netflix show Sacred Games 2, starring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, will also premiere on the same day.