By Sugandha Rawal
New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Moroccan-Belgian directors Adil el Arbi and Bilall Fallah love the world of Bollywood. In fact they would tell you have an eye on Hindi filmmaking.
The director duo feels an Indian version of their recent Hollywood hit, “Bad Boys For Life”, would be a good idea. They even have a star in mid, for someone who could lead the ‘desi’ version of the franchise — Shah Rukh Khan.
At the time of the release of “Bad Boys For Life” earlier this year, Indian filmmaker Rohit Shetty had expressed his desire to remake the popular Hollywood franchise in Bollywood.
Asked how they envision the ‘desi’ version, Adil told IANS: “Well, you know, it would be an honour to begin with. Because Bollywood is like the biggest movie industry in the world, and we come from Morocco. They’re big Bollywood fans, and the biggest star in the world is still Shah Rukh Khan. So we hope that he (the Indian director) would have Shah Rukh Khan in the movie.”
Adil continued: “You’ve got to have him. In ‘Bad Boys’, there are a lot of bright colours that match with Bollywood cinema, where you have bright colours. It’s exotic. So, you have a lot of similarities, and the costumes (are bright, too). But I think you’re gonna have to use more music. It has to be a little bit more epic action with musical elements.”
Bilall agreed: “I would be super excited to see a Bollywood version of ‘Bad Boys’. I’m behind it.”
At the time of the release of “Bad Boys For Life” earlier this year, Rohit Shetty told IANS: “It will be (remade) for sure. The moment I say that who should be the ‘Bad Boys’ in Bollywood, it will go viral that ‘I am making a film with them’ and I will be in a mess. So, I know who the ‘Bad Boys’ are but I don’t want to disclose it right now.”
Hollywood stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence lead the “Bad Boys” franchise. The buddy cop movie series was started in 1995 by Michael Bay. The second part was released in 2003. The third part released this year.
“Bad Boys for Life”, which released earlier this year before the coronavirus pandemic, revolves around a modern, highly specialised police unit that collides with the old school ‘Bad Boys’ (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The film will have its Indian television premiere on &flix.
A fourth part of “Bad Boys” is being developed.
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