AR Murugadoss' bilingual spy thriller Spyder is shattering the box office records. Following its massive success in the global market, the makers are now planning to make the Mahesh Babu-starrer in Hindi. Reportedly, Murugadoss has confirmed that they are considering a Hindi remake of Spyder and will announce the details soon. The famed director whose last release was Akira has an established track record at the box office.
Reports suggest that the Hindi remake of Spyder will see Mahesh Babu himself play the lead role and it may well be the end to his long-awaited Bollywood debut. Bollywood has already seen several of his past films remade in Hindi, including Puri Jagannadh's 2006 Telugu action blockbuster Pokiri, which was remade in Hindi as Wanted with Salman Khan. In fact, Mahesh Babu has gone on record to say that Salman Khan is best suited for his remakes.
If and when the Hindi version of Spyder hits the screens, Mahesh Babu will join a league of South Indian stars entering Bollywood. Another actor from the south who recently joined the Bollywood camp is Prabhas, who decided to try his luck through his upcoming release Saaho. Prabhas, however, has entered the field riding on the huge box office success of Baahubali.
South India’s mass heroes who ventured into Bollywood have always tried to experiment with their on-screen representations while stepping into B-town. Dhanush, who has played several characters with scaled up heroism, chose to debut with the romantic drama Raanjhanaa. Similarly, Surya, aka the Singam of Kollywood, essayed an intense, yet dramatic role in his Bollywood debut Rakta Charitra. The only exception was Ram Charan Teja’s much-debated Zanjeer remake, which stuck to his usual on-screen representation. But unlike the success of the former two, Ram Charan’s Bollywood career neither got commercial nor critical attention.
Spyder showcases Mahesh Babu’s low-key heroism, contrary to his usual larger than life on-screen persona. Hence, Murugadoss has hinted that the Bollywood moviegoers may warm up to Babu's toned down heroism too as that increasingly appeals the cinegoers these days.