Remakes have become a norm in Bollywood as most of them have worked exceptionally well in the past. A few weeks ago, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions announced that they are working on the Hindi remake of the Malayalam blockbuster Driving License titled Selfiee starring Akshay Kumar and Emraan Hashmi in the lead roles. According to the most recent reports, this film will soon be released and the makers already have high hopes for the drama film.
For inexperienced people, Driving License is a popular Malayalam movie that hit theaters in 2019. The film tells the story of a motorcycle inspector who is a huge fan of a superstar named Hareendran. Things turn south when the two indulge in a major ego clash, dividing the entire state over who to support and follow. It was directed by Jean Paul Lal and features actors Suraj Vebjaramoodu and Prithviraj Sukumaran in key roles.
In a recent conversation with Pinkvilla, Apoorva Mehta, the CEO of Dharma Productions opened up about how excited they are to be working on the movie Selfiee. He also shed some light on the concept of remakes and how they work well in some cases.
“People have these conversations all the time and we all just listen to them. We are making the film right now and will take a call at the right time. Selfiee is a very strong subject and we couldn’t have had a better cast than Akshay sir and Emraan Hashmi. Raj is very excited to start the film, in fact we are going up the floors at the end of February,” said Apoorva.
He clarified that they plan to release the film in theaters and also explained why he likes remakes. “We are in very unique times with so much content being created. It’s hard to come across interesting stories and I think remakes are fine. The public would like to enjoy some stories in their own language. Selfiee is a remake of a highly successful Malayalam movie produced by our co-producer Prithviraj. That’s fine, because a lot of new content is also being created,” said Apoorva Mehta.
In the end, Apoorva stated that the content is king and it all depends on how engrossing the story is.
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