R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi’s 2017 Tamil blockbuster Vikram Vedha is being remade in Hindi by Aiyaary director Neeraj Pandey. Pandey is teaming up with the original producer S Sashikanth and Reliance Entertainment to create the Hindi version of the neo-noir crime thriller, reports Mumbai Mirror.
Pandey is going to serve as the writer while the original director duo of Pushkar and Gayatri have been roped in to helm the Hindi version too. This will be Sashikanth’s third production to be remade for the Hindi-speaking audience. His Irudhi Suttru and Kalyana Samayal Saadham were made into Saala Khadoosand Shubh Mangal Saavdhan respectively.
Pandey, who has carved a niche for himself with films like A Wednesday, Special 26 and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, is excited about adapting the project for a different audience. “We have all grown up on the Vikram Betaal mythology but this out-of-the-box contemporary treatment makes it a must-see movie,” he tells Mumbai Mirror.
The filmmaker also told the publication that they do not plan to touch the original story too much but just colour it with the tastes of the audience it is being made for. The lead actors will be announced when the final draft of the script is ready.
Vikram Vedha follows the story of an unbending cop, Vikram (played by Madhavan) who goes head to head with Vedha, a dangerous gangster who has wreaked havoc in Chennai. After all his accomplices and henchmen are killed in action, the gangster resorts to mind games. The film topped the list of IMDb’s 10 best Indian films of 2017.