Kumar Taurani, father of Bollywood actor Girish has bought the Hindi remake rights of the superhit Telugu movie ‘Arya’, and is prepared to hold on to the film for his son Girish. “Only if Girish decides against doing it, will I approach another actor,” says Taurani.
As of now, Girish is confused over his next project. “We think he should do a film or two with outside producers before returning to the home banner Tips. He has liked a few ideas and is waiting to hear the final scripts before taking a decision,” says papa. If none of these work out in the next four-five months, there is ‘Arya’ waiting for him.
The 2007 film starred Allu Arjun and was dubbed in Hindi, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil and Bengali. It was also followed by a sequel–‘Arya 2’.
According to Taurani Sr, the role is tailormade for his son. Says Taurani, “I’d like to remake Arya with the original director Sukumar. He is really big in Hyderabad. It has been nine years since the original film hit the theatres. We will need to contemporarise it in a way that it has a pan-India appeal. Sukumar has already started working on a newer version, but right now he’s busy with his Mahesh babu starrer 1 (Nenokkadine) which is scheduled for a January 10, 2014, release. Once he’s done with that, we will start working on Arya. Since he had also directed Arya 2, getting the rights for the sequel would not be too difficult either.”
‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’, was a remake of Prabhu Dehva’s directorial debut, the Telugu blockbuster ‘Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana’. Wasn’t Girish supposed to do another film with Prabhu Dheva? “No, but Prabhu Dehva has a two-film contract with Tips. ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ got higher TRPs than ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Son of Sardar’ and ‘Housefull 2’ when it was telecast on television. But right now he is busy with other projects. We’ll have to wait for our turn.”