July 21, 2011 01:05:02 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Though Rohit Shetty bought remake rights of Tamil hit SINGHAM for his Hindi remake, the director admits that it is only the core idea of the cop drama which has been kept intact while quite a few changes have been incorporated in the Ajay Devgn starrer. One of the major changes made is around the entire conflict between Ajay and the main villain (played by Prakash Raj), something which is the focal point of the film.
"Yes, there is a twist in the tale and there is a new story towards the later part of the film. In fact instead of a routine climax where cars start flying around, SINGHAM would have a climax which would be abound with dialogue-baazi. Get ready for some vintage masala affair," Rohit makes a promise here before signing off.
However he never forgot the elements that had made the Tamil SINGHAM work so well amongst the masses.
"I thought that this was the kind of film that could be made in Hindi," says Rohit who was immediately bowled over by the Suriya starrer, "I narrated the idea to Ajay and he was game for it. This is when we just took the germ of the idea and developed our own screenplay around it."
It was but obvious though that with Ajay stepping in, SINGHAM was re-modeled so that it could appeal to pan-India sensibilities while moving away from the South flavour that the film carried.
"It is not really about North v/s South sensibilities here. It is more about the story which I am telling. In fact I am sure that when people down South would see my take on SINGHAM, they would acknowledge the fact that it has a very different storyline to it, especially in the second half. Who knows, perhaps they may want to make their own SINGHAM - PART 2 and take rights of our film," chuckles Rohit before signing off.
With Kajal Aggarwal as the leading lady, SINGHAM releases all over this Friday.