Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta has often faced flak for making a career out of allegedly “copying” Hollywood and Korean productions. Ironically, his latest flick, the Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam-starrer, Kaabil, is set for an official Hollywood remake. The actioner had been produced by Roshan’s filmmaker-father, Rakesh.
Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox has approached the actor to procure the remake rights of the thriller. Coincidentally, the actor headlined Bang Bang (2014), the official Bollywood adaptation of the Hollywood studio’s film, Knight And Day (2010).
Talking about the latest development, Kaabil director Sanjay Gupta told Mid-day, “It’s true that Fox, through Tomas Jegeus has approached Hrithik. Even though the developments are too premature to talk about at this moment, it is an honour for the team. What is also exciting is that Kaabil has been declared the best film of (the first half of) 2017 via an online poll. So, it’s a double win for us.” Kaabil had received mixed reviews but was loved by audiences. And even though it was released alongside Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, it had a decent box office collection.
On being asked about the Hollywood remake, Rakesh Roshan said, “The screenplay was hard-hitting, and the drama, gripping. It would make for a wonderful Hollywood adaptation, given that it has all the necessary emotions. It struck gold at the box-office because it was about a visually-impaired lover seeking revenge.”
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