Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar have declined to star in the Hindi version of Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam

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Fans of Allu Arjun in the Hindi belts were disappointed yesterday when Manish Shah of Goldmine Telefilms revealed that the much-anticipated Hindi version of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo would not be released in theatres. Manish Shah stated a few hours later that the film would now be released immediately on satellite. Meanwhile, he’s excited for the Hindi releases of Ram Charan’s Rangasthalam and Vijay’s Mersal, which will most likely happen next month.

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A source told Bollywood Hungama, “Manish Shah has been releasing dubbed films on TV and his YouTube channel for years and has emerged successful. He now wants to produce Hindi films. He has bought the remake rights of Ajith’s 2019 film, Visawasam.”

Explaining why the remake of Viswasam is not still made, the source explained, “He had approached Ajay Devgn to reprise the role played by Ajith in the original version. However, he turned it down. Even Akshay Kumar refused the film. Both the actors felt that the film would not suit the Hindi audiences’ sensibilities.” According to this source, the remake rights of Viswasam were sold for Rs. 4 crores.

Another source revealed, “Balaji Telefilms were also approached to come on-board and co-produce the remake of Viswasam. However, since no big actor had signed the lead part, they declined the request.”

When asked whether he wanted to remake Viswasam with Ajay Devgn, the Goldmine Telefilms head replied, “See, a lot of discussions take place. But it’s not that it’ll always lead to fruition.” So does this mean he indeed holds the remake rights of Viswasam? To which, Manish Shah said, “The producer Sathya Jyothi Films and I have an understanding. We’ll do it together.”

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Viswasam also featured Nayanthara and Jagapathi Babu in addition to Ajith. It’s the story of a local thug whose life is turned upside down when he reconnects with his divorced wife after a long separation. In April 2019, it was reported that Siva, the original filmmaker, has approached superstar Shah Rukh Khan for the remake. SRK, on the other hand, is said to have declined the project. He had taken a vacation following the disaster of Zero (2018) and was stepping extremely carefully at the time.

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