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Rajinikanth’s Thalapathi to be remade in Bollywood

Chennai, Nov 23 (): Bollywood producer Bharat Shah has acquired the re-make rights of Thalapathi. The 1991 made super-duper hit film ‘Thalapathy’ starring Rajinikanth and Mammootty in the lead and directed by renowned director, Mani Ratnam is now being made in Bollywood as a re-make film.

Bharat Shah likes the storyline. He believes that the movie will suit the taste of the Hindi audience. Thalapathi is loosely inspired by a portion of the epic ‘Mahabharatha’. The birth of Karna and his friendship with Duryodhana are the main ingredients of the Tamil movie.

A source informed, “Bharat bhai shares a very good personal and professional rapport with Mani sir. They had co-produced Saathiya with Yash Chopra earlier, which turned out to be a hit. He was keen to buy the re-make rights of Thalapathi as the script and the treatment of the film has all the pre-requisites for an entertaining Hindi film.”

The filmmaker had earlier co-produced Mani Ratnam’s Saathiya, the Hindi version of Alaipayuthey; and Dil Se, the dubbed version of Uyire.

The film will be directed by Puja Jatinder Bedi, who directed the films ‘Mangal Pandey’, ‘The Myth’ and ‘Saathiya’.

It is very rare that Mani Ratnam gets his films remade as he always makes his films a multilingual that is also released in Hindi. ‘Thalapathy’ is the second that is sold out for a re-make after ‘Saathiya’.

Bharat Shah says he will make the film making some alterations in the original to suit the present generation but will keep the story and characters intact. The Hindi film will go on floors next year after Puja finishes ‘Ghost’ that she is currently directing.

An excited Puja said, “The film was made in 1991; so, I plan to modernize parts of the story as well as a few action sequences. However, I plan to keep the screenplay and the characters intact.”