Atul Agnihotri has procured the remake rights for the Malayalam hit Bodyguard and the buzz is that he’s set aside a part of the budget to rope in Deepika Padukone to play the female lead opposite Salman Khan. As yet, there isn’t confirmation from Deepika on whether she’s taking the role or not.
This remake will be produced by Atul and directed by Malayalam director Siddique, who was the director of the original film. Ever since Wanted earned box office success, Salman has been keener on doing remakes of South Indian hit films. Shooting on Bodyguard will start on December 6 in Ranikhet. When contacted, Atul said that the cast was still being finalised. “We are still in the process of casting,” he added.
Actors Dileep and Nayantara played the lead characters in the Malayalam film. Siddique is also making the Tamil version of the film with Asin and South superstar Vijay. Many other filmmakers are trying to get the remake right of the film and have approached Siddique for the same.