Bollywood has been adapting successful South Indian films into Hindi since ages now. There is a number of South Indian films whose Hindi remakes are either at various stages of production or waiting to commence shoot soon, including the Arjun Reddy (2017) and Kirik Party (2016) remakes. Continuing its love for South cinema, Bollywood is now set to remake yet another blockbuster film from down South. It has been confirmed that filmmaker Vikram Malhotra, known for producing content-driven films like Airlift (2016) and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017), has bagged the Hindi adaptation rights of 2017 Malayalam crime-drama Angamaly Diaries.
Vikram confirms the news, saying, “I am delighted with the opportunity of taking this gem of a film to the Hindi audience, in their language. It’s a true genre-breaker which reaches out and grabs you by the collar, with a strong word-of-mouth even among non-Malayalis. Angamaly Diaries is a masterclass in filmmaking as it had 86 debutants, a disruptive narrative and an 11-minute one-take climax.”
When asked about the casting, the producer says that he will begin the process after locking a director for the project. “But we may repeat a few names from the original. We are in the process of finalising the director first after which we will start scouting for actors. The lead role can be played by either an established name or a newcomer but the actor will have to do a lot of prep with the main focus on his look,” adds the producer.
If all goes well, the film will hit the shooting floor earlier next year. At the moment, all eyes are on the actors who bag the lead characters in the high-profile remake.