New Delhi: Abhishek Pathak, one of today’s most acclaimed Indian directors, believes it’s no simple feat to bring a popular regional picture to a larger audience through a remake. Abhishek Pathak is currently rejoicing about Drishyam 2’s success. The Ajay Devgn-starring adaptation of Mohanlal’s film is doing fantastic business at the box office. The film roughly brings Rs 76 crore in four days of release.
According to the director, it was an honour to work with performers like Ajay Devgn, Tabu, and Akshaye Khanna. Recently, the film’s director has explained why he thinks the Hindi version is able to draw crowds to the theatres.
He said, “Mohanlal sir is a great actor, a very established actor but the Hindi audiences relate Drishyam somewhere more with Vijay Salgaonkar and Ajay Devgn. And even though the Malayalam sequel was out, many people didn’t watch it as they wanted to see the Hindi version first. That is because they relate so much with Ajay sir. The Malayalam Drishyam is a brilliant film but they somewhere chose to hold on till the Hindi version was released,” as reported by Hindustan Times.
He also discussed the possibility that he thinks remakes are failing and said, “If the original is available on OTT in your language, you cut down on your audience. That has certainly damaged certain films that have come recently. But remaking is not something that will go away, I think. There are certain stories made for certain audiences. And if there is a chance to retell that brilliant story to another, larger audience, I don’t think there should be a problem with that. We are buying the rights officially from the producers. It’s not ‘copy’ as some people say.”
For the unversed, some changes were made to the script for ‘Drishyam 2’ when it was translated into Hindi from the original Mohanlal starrer Malayalam film. New aspects and characters were also included.