Even as Tamil cinema treads the path of ‘realistic cinema’ by making films such as Angaadi Theru and Mynaa, it appears that the Malayalam film industry has taken a backward route. For a long time, Malayalam films were known for their realism, substance and performance-based characters. Breath-taking daredevilry and stunt sequences involving risk to human lives are a rarity there. Of late, though, the trend appears to have undergone a sea-change with more masala flicks emanating from Mollywood. Among the many commercial flicks which released in the past 18 months, Traffic was a highly successful film. Directed by Rajesh Pillai, the movie features Sreenivasan, Rahman,Kunchako Boban and Asif Ali in the lead.
Impressed by the movie, versatile actor Kamal Haasan secured the Tamil remake rights of the film and revealed the same at the 100th day celebration of the film. He also expressed his desire to star in the film’s Tamil version. Kamal is to reprise the role of Siddharth Shankar played by actor Rahman. Now that he is busy with his upcoming film Vishwaroopam, Rajesh Pillai, who directed the Malayalam version, has decided to first direct the Hindi remake of the film.
Rajesh’s calculation is that by the time the Hindi remake of Traffic is completed, Kamal would have wrapped up his Vishwaroopam and would be ready to star in Traffic’s Tamil version. Sarathkumar might star along side Kamal Haasan for the first time in this film. ‘Action King’ Arjun might also join the party, it is revealed. Arjun had already starred with Kamal Haasan in Kurudhipunal, which incidentally was also a remake of the Hindi film, Droh Kaal.