Karan Johar is all set to remake romantic drama, Dear Comrade, which has just been released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada languages, and is doing good business at the box office; it earned 10.55 crores on the first two days. The south film features superstar Vijay Deverakonda as the protagonist, student union leader Bobby, opposite actress Rashmika Mandanna, who plays Lily, a state level cricketer. Karan watched the film and announced that he would be making the remake a few days before its official release in the cinemas, on 26th July. Now the latest reports say that KJo paid INR 6 crore to buy the Hindi remake rights of Dear Comrade, which is the highest amount ever paid for any remake in Bollywood.
Previous rumours had said that Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar, who made their debut with Karan Johar’s production house, would be playing the lead roles. However, Karan quickly rubbished these rumours, announcing that the lead pair has not finalised for the remake of Dear Comrade.
All the best and big success to the team of #DearComradeOnJuly26th ! Also a CLARIFICATION! No lead actors have been considered or approached for the film as yet! The planning for this lovely film is underway!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 25, 2019
Other films remade in Bollywood -- such as Temper which was remade into Simmba and Muni 2: Kanchana which is now being remade as Laxmmi Bomb -- cost less than the amount Karan Johar is reported to have paid. As per reports, other producers, including Sajid Nadiadwala, Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Vijay Galani were also trying to buy the remake rights but KJo made the highest bid, which made them back out. Karan also has a number of other interesting projects lined up. He is currently producing romantic-comedy Good News (featuring Akshay Kumar, Diljith Dosanjh, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kiara Advani), action-thriller Drive (with Sushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez) and superhero film Brahmastra (starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan).