'Ratsasan' Hindi remake gets its inspector Arun in Akshay Kumar?
Critically and financially acclaimed Tamil movie Ratsasan is getting a Hindi remake and is likely to be headlined by Akshay Khiladi Kumar. As per recent reports, the movie will be directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the filmmaker who helmed Kumar's upcoming release Bell Bottom. Kumar might start shooting for the crime thriller as early as August, with the makers eyeing a release next year.
As per trade analysts and online portals, Rakul Preet Singh has been roped in to star alongside Kumar. The venture that will be shot in the UK is reportedly being produced by Vashu Bhagnani, also Bell Bottom's producer. The original movie was led by Vishnu Vishal and Amala Paul. Directed by Ramkumar, Ratsasan had entered the top-rated Indian films list on IMDb last year.
BIG- #AkshayKumar and #RakulPreet to star in the Hindi Remake of Tamil Thriller #Ratsasan . Film to be directed by #BellBottom director Ranjit Tewari. Film Shooting to commence from August in UK, slated to release in 2022. pic.twitter.com/ecJwgmiDan— Sumit Kadel (@SumitkadeI) June 29, 2021
While many fans expressed excitement over Kumar leading the high tension thriller, some Twitter users also pointed out the sheer number of remakes that Bollywood produces. One user requested makers, "Please don't ruin it!! My favorite Indian movie of all time." Recently, Salman Khan, who is reportedly leading Masters remake, had demanded a fresh screenplay. He apparently refused to do an "outright remake" again.
Released in 2018, Ratsasan tells the story of a cop investigating the murder of school girls. The twists and turns in this movie and its haunting music made up for a great watch. The psychological drama was also remade in Telugu. In 2019, reports had suggested that Ayushmann Khurrana was going to star in the Hindi remake, but it apparently got dropped eventually.
The recent news must also be taken with a grain of salt, but one thing is for sure- The original actor-director pair is collaborating again for Ratsasan 2. Vishnu, who got married to Jwala Gutta in April, had confirmed the sequel himself, guaranteeing that the film will be made on a huge scale this time. They are likely to start production in 2022.