R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi starrer Vikram Vedha was one of the biggest blockbuster hits of the Tamil film industry. There had been talks of a Bollywood adaptation of the film, and earlier reports had suggested that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan would play a lead in it. However, the reports were denied and fans were disappointed. Everyone wanted to see the neo noir crime thriller remade in Hindi. Now we hear that Neeraj Pandey, best known for films like Aiyaary, Special 26, A Wednesday, is all set to collaborate with the film’s original producer, S Sashikanth, and Reliance Entertainment on the venture. Not only is Neeraj the creative producer of the film, he is also the writer, while the original writer-director duo Pushkar and Gayatri have reportedly been retained as directors.
The film that is based on the Indian meta-folklore, Baital Pachisi, has Vikram as a tough cop who also heads a special task force, in his struggle to destroy Vedha’s gang going berserk on the streets of Chennai. Following the death of his most trusted right-hand men, the gangster appears out of hiding to indulge in mind games with his arch nemesis.To say that Sashikanth is excited to bankroll the Hindi remake of a film that ranked as the No 1 film of the year gone by would be understatement, especially after two successful co-productions in Hindi, Sala Khadoos and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan with Rajkumar Hirani and Aanand L Rai respectively, won’t be an understatement. Neeraj is reportedly equally excited to make this film in Hindi, which he believes must be told to the audiences the 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,” he told Mumbai Mirror.
Shibasish Sarkar, COO, Reliance Entertainment, told the leading daily, “It is one of the best films to emerge not just from the Tamil market but from the Indian film industry as a whole in the last decade. And as Vikram and Vedha’s stories unfold, you discover different layers to their characters and their individual points of view. There is a twist in the tale for the audience every 20-30 minutes, leading up to an intriguing climax, which leaves the viewer to decide who gets killed,” he tells the leading tabloid, adding that Vikram Vedha is not a run-of-the-mill gangster film that one gets to see. Furthermore, he said that they plans of kick starting the project once Neeraj completes the script before pitching it to A-list actors.