It is official. The much spoken about Tamil remake will be directed by none other than ace national award-winning director Bala, known for his dark films such as Naan Kadavul and Paradesi among others. Vikram announced the decision on his official instagram handle.
The movie will introduce Chiyaan Vikram’s son Dhruv into showbiz. The collaboration assumes more significance considering the Bala’s Sethu is one of the most important films in Vikram’s career. Sethu was Vikram’s big break even though he made his debut around a decade earlier. Sethu also received the National Award for the best feature film in Tamil. The duo worked together in Pithamagan, another iconic movie, that earned Vikram a National Award for his performance.
Arjun Reddy which was a runaway hit in Telugu earned much acclaim for its raw treatment and also for Vijay Devarkonda’s uninhibited performance. Also, the film documents the intense love-hate relationship between the leads in what industry people would term a multiplex film.
It is interesting that Bala, known for his rural-centric subjects, has been chosen to handle the remake. This will also be the ace-director’s first remake. Will it be along the lines of his earlier film Sethu which also revolved a college romance? (The film also had a love-hate, submissive relationship). We might have to wait and see. However, the troubled flawed hero who is the centre of Arjun Reddy is right up the director’s alley who has received praise and brickbats for his dark characterisations.