Confirmed: Pushkar-Gayatri to direct Hindi remake of Madhavan’s Tamil thriller ‘Vikram Vedha’
After impressing the Tamil movie audiences across the globe, Vikram Vedha is now being adapted from Tamil to Hindi by Neeraj Pandey. This joins the recent list of brilliant regional movies like Arjun Reddy, Sairat and Kanchana 2 which bagged Bollywood remakes. The original producer, S Sashikanth is collaborating with Neeraj Pandey and Reliance Entertainment for the remake venture. Sashikanth has successfully co-produced Saala Khadoos and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan earlier. Besides being the creative producer, Neeraj is also the writer while the original writer-director duo Pushkar and Gayatri will direct the movie.
The Tamil blockbuster released last year and went on to become the top rank holder in the IMDB list. Superstar Rajinikanth too described the film as a “mass film made with so much class.” Vikram Vedha, a neo-noir crime thriller featuring R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead, was based on the Indian meta-folklore, Baital Pachisi. The story of the film traces Vikram, a tough cop from a special task force, who believes everything in this world is either black or white. He is desperate to wipe out criminal kingpin Vedha’s gang, who on the other hand understands grey psychology in human lives.
Speaking of the project, Shibasish Sarkar, COO Reliance Entertainment said, “Vikram Vedha is one of the best films to be made in recent times. This incredible collaboration is also a coming together of a dream creative team that would do true justice to a film like that.”
“Vikram Vedha is a unique film and this story has to be retold to the Hindi audience world over. We have all grown up on the Vikram Betaal mythology, but this out of the box contemporary treatment makes it a must-see movie,” asserts the Aiyaary director Neeraj Pandey.
Sashikanth said, “After our two successful co-productions in Hindi, Saala Khadoos and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan with Rajkumar Hirani and Anand L. Rai respectively, we are super excited to join hands with Anil D. Ambani led Reliance Entertainment and its partners Plan C studios spearheaded by the dynamic Neeraj Pandey for our third production. With this great team, we are looking forward to a blockbuster Hindi version of Vikram Vedha”.
However, nothing has been said about the cast of the film yet. In an earlier interview to IANS, Madhavan wished that the entire team of the Tamil film should be a part of its Hindi remake. “I would love to take the film, the entire team of ‘Vikram Vedha’ to Bollywood. This is a team I don’t want to let go of. The same story can be set in Mumbai. If everything works out, we could make it in Hindi,” he had said.