Great and compelling stories can transcend cultures and geographies and the growing trend of remakes in multiple languages is certainly a testament to this fact. Following this tradition of bringing great stories to as many audiences as possible, UTV has now licensed its 2008 hit film AAMIR written and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta for a Tamil remake to Shoundaryan Pictures owned by Vidyal Raju. The Tamil version will be directed by debutant Anand Krishna. The leading role essayed by Rajeev Khandelwal in the original will be reprised by Vidarth of Mynaa Movie fame.
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”We at Disney UTV believe in the power of a great story. A great story with universal themes has the potential to grow and deliver many more opportunities to enthrall new sets of audiences each time we present it. Reaffirming and delivering on this promise to bring great stories for audiences across India, we are excited to bring a remake of our first UTV Spotboy release AAMIR and which also started our successful association with Raj Kumar Gupta and Amit Trivedi. We have also remade A WEDNESDAY in the past in Tamil and Telugu and have witnessed that great content finds its way to the audience hearts,” says Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director – Studios, Disney UTV.
Director Raj Kumar Gupta who is currently directing GHANCHAKKAR, his third film with UTV post AAMIR and NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, is excited about this development ”I’m really happy to hear that my first film AAMIR is now being remade in Tamil. The Tamil audience is very discerning and I’m confident that the Tamil remake of AAMIR, which was a great story, will garner as much acclaim as its Hindi version! I wish the makers the very best from all of us!.”
Some of the most recent examples such as ROWDY RATHORE are a proof that films with a great story and characters that can establish an emotional connect with its audience, can and will crossover to find newer audiences. ROWDY RATHORE produced last year by UTV Motion Pictures is a remake of super hits SIRUTHAI in Tamil and VIKRAMARKUDU Telugu.
”UTV is undoubtedly the best production house in India and I am excited to remake one of the most critically acclaimed movies AAMIR produced by the studio. It is also one of my personal favorites. In the Hindi version, Raj Kumar Gupta has shown the underbelly of Mumbai and I will be showing the other side of Chennai. The original film has a very powerful screenplay and I hope that I can create the same magic with the remake,” says Director Anand Krishna who is debuting with this film.
In the past UTV has successfully remade their own Hindi productions in the South, like KHOSLA KA GHOSLA (in Tamil – POI SOLLA PORAM), A WEDNESDAY (in Tamil: – UNNAIPOL ORUVAN and Telugu: EENADU) and DELHI BELLY in Tamil called SETTAI which was released last month. UTV is also remaking its South production VETTAI in Hindi.