By RAHUL RAUT
Filmmaker Nitin Kakkar whose directorial debut ‘Filmistaan’ won India’s National Film Award for showing how cinema can be the universal panacea for co-existence through the film, is all set to return to the direction with his next film after the hiatus of three years.
Nitin has finalised the Hindi remake of 2016 critically acclaim Telugu movie ‘Pelli Choopulu’ as his next directorial. The yet-untitled Hindi remake will star Jackky Bhagnani, Prateik Babbar and popular Gujarati actor, Pratik Gandhi. Kritika Kamra, one of the most sought-after Television actresses known for her shows like ‘Kitani Mohabbat Hai’, ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge’ and ‘Reporters’ will be making her big screen debut with this romantic comedy film.
Jackky who is starring in the lead role confirmed the news, saying, “I am pretty excited to be a part of the film. I saw the original and absolutely loved it. I have been shooting for the film since 40 days and we have almost wrapped up the shoot.”
‘Pelli Choopulu’ is about a lazy boy, Prasanth who has a dream to become a chef and open a restaurant, meeting an ambitious girl Chitra during an arranged meeting organized by his family for their wedding. How the boy’s life changes after the two meet form the rest of the story.
However, the Hindi remake will not remain the same. Some changes have been made in the original script to connect it with Hindi film audiences. For example, the original was entirely shot in Hyderabad while the remake is set in Gujarat. Jackky who is currently shooting for the film in Ahmadabad said, “Changes have been made to adapt the script to the new sensibilities. However, the soul of the film will remain intact and the fun quotient will be the same.”
Madhu Mantena of Phantom Films which is producing this Hindi remake said, “We have been trying to work with Nitin for a long time and when he came with this script, we knew we had to make it. He has beautifully adapted the original for a wider audience. It’s a fresh, relevant story for youngsters.”
‘Pelli Choopulu’ which means “Matchmaking” in English and starred Vijay Deverakonda and Ritu Varma in lead was a critical and commercial success and had even won two National Film Awards. The film has already been remade in Tamil as ‘Pon Ondru Kandein’ with Vishnu Vishal and Tamannah Bhatia playing the romantic pair.