Vikram Vedha: The Hindi remake of 2017’s Tamil hit ‘Vikram Vedha’ will be released later this year. The Hindi version is also titled ‘Vikram Vedha’. Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan play the lead roles, taking over from Vijay Sethupathi and R Madhavan respectively.
In an interaction with Hindustan Times, producers Pushkar and Gayatri talked about how the film is shaping up and what will be different about it. Vikram Vedha is the story of a game of cat and mouse between Vikram, a cop and Vedha, a gangster. The story is inspired by the popular Indian folk tale of Vikram-Betal, in which the characters also borrow their names from him. When the remake was announced, many fans of the original were skeptical, given the regional tone of the story and plot.
Responding to this, Pushkar says, ‘We know how to make films in a particular way and we will stick to that. I hope people don’t think of it as ‘Bollywoodised’ or anything. There was no pressure in any way to do it a certain way. There is no pressure on the part of producers or distributors to say that films should be made in a certain way here. No one has had any conversation with us.”
At the same time, Gayatri says that the reason for bringing him on board was to recreate the elements that made the original so successful. She adds, “He loved the film and wanted us to make it the way we make it. We didn’t get any pressure from any side and we did our best. However, the filmmakers admit that There is an important difference.
Bollywood remakes are on a large scale. The original film was released in July 2017 which was well received by the critics and was also successful at the box office, earning ₹60 crores on a budget of ₹11 crores. According to some reports, the cost of the Hindi remake has exceeded ₹175 crores. Although there is no confirmation of the budget, most reports say it is over ₹100 crore, which makes it at least nine times that of the Tamil original.
Pushkar says, “The scale is obviously huge. And it gives us a lot more scope to do things. But other than that, I don’t think there is any more push.” The shooting of the film wrapped up earlier this month and to mark the occasion, Hrithik Roshan shared pictures from the last day of shooting on social media. Also starring Radhika Apte, Rohit Saraf, Yogita Bihani and Sharib Hashmi, the film will release in cinemas on September 30. The film is the first project in Hindi for Pushkar-Gayatri, who recently made their OTT debut with Amazon Prime.
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