Exclusive: Two more South remakes on the way, Neeraj Pandey & Ramesh Taurani buy rights to ‘these’ South films!

Hindi filmmakers are proactively acquiring remake rights to widely acclaimed and commercially successful regional films

The remakes of South films have become the latest trend for Bollywood films. Hindi filmmakers are proactively acquiring remake rights to widely acclaimed and commercially successful regional films, and the number of remake copyright deals is steadily increasing.

According to industry insiders, Neeraj Pandey has purchased the remake rights to Puthiya Niyamam, a 2016 Malayalam crime drama starring Mammootty, Nayanthara, and Roshan Mathew.

A source revealed to a leading daily, “Neeraj Pandey has been contemplating remaking this film for a while now as it’s a perfect combination of a family drama and thriller, and also has a revenge angle in it where the heroine takes revenge on the preparators. Pandey has bought the rights and is planning to make it with a top Bollywood actress sometime next year.”

According to reports, Pandey’s creative team has already begun reworking on the original to appeal to Hindi consumers. Once the script is complete, he will begin pitching actresses. The film received Nayanthara the Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Female) In Malayalam for her excellent performance as a Kathakali dancer whose life takes a turn for the worst after she is raped.

Puthiya Niyamam is the third South Indian film that Neeraj Pandey’s Friday Filmworks has acquired to remake in Hindi. Ishq, a Malayalam film, and Vikram Vedha, a Tamil blockbuster, are both in the works for Hindi adaptations. While the Hindi remake of Ishq stars Sidhant Gupta, Vedika Pinto, Bhumika Chawla, and Sharad Kelkar, the Vikram Vedha adaptation stars Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan.

Aaranya Kaandam, a 2010 Tamil action-thriller, is the second regional film to be bought for a Hindi adaptation. The rights to this 24-hour film starring Ravi Krishna, Jackie Shroff, and Sampath Raj have been purchased by producer Ramesh Taurani of Tips Industries. Taurani is expected to start shooting the movie next year and will assemble a creative team to work on it soon. Mr. And Mrs. Jinnah: The Marriage That Shook India, written by Sheela Reddy, will be adapted into a web series by the middle of next year, according to the producer.

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It is raining South remakes in Bollywood since the release of Shahid Kapoor starrer Kabir Singh, which was the remake of Vijay Deverakonda starrer Arjun Reddy.

Recently, Ajay Devgn has stated that he will produce the remake of the Telugu criminal courtroom drama Naandhi alongside Dil Raju. Boney Kapoor recently announced that he has bought the Malayalam political drama One for a Bollywood remake.

Apart from these, the South remakes which were earlier announced includes RX100 starring Ahan Shetty, Jersey featuring Shahid Kapoor, Vikram Vedha, Kaithi, HIT: The First Case, Maanagaram, Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru.

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