Ashiq Abu’s Idukki Gold was definitely not just a box office hit but also a trend setter in the industry and now it looks like the movie is getting a Hindi remake as well – at least the talks are in session with some Mumbai film biggies for it, according to Aashiq.
“The project, will be directed by me, and will most probably start at the end of next year, “says the director, without divulging much else about the cast or the crew.
The original film’s plot revolved around a group of friends in their fifties and their trips down memory lane to their youthful antics and tales. Will the Hindi version follow the original to the tee or will there be changes to suit a national audience? We do not know at this point.
Aashiq’s movie Salt n Pepper too is being remade in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada though the director himself doesn’t know much about the proceedings of these at this time.
Another one of his benchmark films, 22 Female Kottayam, too was remade in Tamil but did not gain much of a success there as the original did here. The movie, which starred his wife Rima Kallingal and Fahadh Faasil, was inspired by the British film Hard Candy in many aspects.
Though his latest movie Gangster starring Mammootty turned out to be a disappointment commercially and critically, the talented director is unconcerned and unfazed as he prepares for his next project – Valathuvashathe Kallan (The thief on the right side) – starring Prithviraj.
The title of course is a Biblical reference to the thief who was crucified on the right side of Christ, though Aashiq clarifies that the movie has nothing to do with the mythical ‘good thief’ or religion, but is a satire.
“We are looking for fresh faces for the supporting cast in this one,” says the versatile and ambitious young director.