Bollywood filmmakers often find inspiration in Southern films and adapt them for the Hindi-speaking audience. This trend has been evident in recent times with the remakes of successful South Indian movies like Vikram Vedha, Mili, Drishyam 2, Shehzada, Selfiee, Bholaa, Gumraah, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, U-Turn, Chatrapathi, Mumbaikar, and more. However, in a surprising turn of events, the blockbuster film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022) is now set to be remade in the South, showcasing a reversal in the usual trend.
According to a report, the renowned producer Gnanavel Raja has secured the rights to remake the popular Bollywood film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in Tamil. The report mentioned that several other producers were also competing to acquire the rights. Gnanavel Raja has confirmed his successful bid, stating that he believes the story has great potential to be retold in a unique manner for the South Indian audience. He is currently in the process of selecting the cast and crew for the remake but has not finalized any names yet.
South Remake Of Successful Bollywood Film
A knowledgeable source within the industry expressed their thoughts on this latest development, stating that it holds great significance. Typically, we hear about Bollywood producers acquiring the rights to remake South Indian films, but it’s rare to come across news of a Bollywood film being remade in a different language. The insider highlighted that the first installment of Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007) was itself a remake of the Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu (1993). Now, the situation has reversed, as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is an original film that will be remade in another language.
Apart from Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani, the star-studded cast of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 also featured Tabu, Rajpal Yadav, and Sanjay Mishra. The film revolves around the story of a boy and girl who meet in the hills and are eventually led to an abandoned mansion, where a terrifying spirit has been trapped for 18 years. Directed by Anees Bazmee, the movie was released on May 20, 2022, and captivated audiences with its mass appeal, popular music, a perfect blend of comedy and horror, and unexpected plot twists. It amassed an impressive box office collection of a whopping Rs. 185.92 crores.
About Gnanavel Raja
Gnanavel Raja, the founder of Studio Green, has established himself as a prominent figure in the film industry. His production house was established in 2006 and has been associated with several memorable films such as Paruthiveeran (2007), Singham (2010; later remade in Hindi as Singham in 2011), Naan Mahaan Alla (2010), Siruthai (2011), Madras (2014), Darling (2015), and Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (2018). Gnanavel Raja’s upcoming projects include Kanguva, starring Suriya, and Thangalaan, featuring Vikram in the lead role.