Remakes are usually a simple business in the Indian film industry, with the producers just grabbing the original script and translating it line-by-line to end up with the new version. But for a change, the Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster 96 will go through a ton of changes before it sees the light of the day. In fact, writer-director Prem Kumar who will be helming the Telugu remake as well has re-written the entire script in order to adapt to the Telugu sensibilities apart from the change in the backdrop.
According to sources, the Telugu remake of 96 will feature the lead pair Sharwanand and Samantha as college students in their younger stories. Instead of having different faces to play the younger versions of the characters, the team has planned to have the same actors for both parts of the story. While the college-day scenes will take place in 2009 with the reunion being a part of the future, 20 years later. It will be interesting to see how Prem will take up this challenge where the believability factor has to be maintained without losing the essence of the original.
Govind Vasantha, who came up with a spectacular album for the Tamil version, will be reprising his role for the Telugu version as well. The shoot for the remake is expected to go on floors in March, with an August release looking possible. 96 is currently being remade in Kannada as well, with Ganesh and Bhavana playing the lead roles.