Bollywood’s Vidya Balan is certainly on a roll. The actress, who won the coveted national award for ‘best actress’ early this year for her mind-blowing performance as the late ‘Silk’ Smitha in the hit film The Dirty Picture, followed it up with another superb performance as a pregnant woman in the film Kahaani which went on to become a super-hit ventre.
With back-to-back hits, Vidya sure has her fans asking for more. Directed and co-produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Kahaani was produced at a cost of Rs.8 crores and grossed as many as Rs.100 crores in the all-India market. It is now reported that plans are afoot to remake Kahaani (which means ‘Story’ in English) in both Tamil and Telugu. Endemol India Ltd., a firm which produces Hindi television serials, would be producing the film.
Nemichand Jabak, popular financier and producer, would co-produce the Tamil and Telugu versions. Endemol, which is the world’s largest production company with over 80 companies spread over 31 countries, has bagged the remake rights of Kahaani among heavy competition from its peers. Kahaani managed commercial success as well as critical acclaim for its script and Vidya’s committed acting.
Vidya plays Vidya Bagchi, a woman who attempts to trace her husband who goes ‘missing’ during the Durga Pooja celebrations in Kolkata. Her travails and experience during the ‘search’ of her husband evoked sympathy among audiences in general and women in particular. Talks are on with some leading directors to direct the remake version simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil.
It may be recalled that Nemichand had earlier produced hit films suh as Naan Avan Illai, Mysskin’s Anjathay, Lawrence’s Pandi and Dhanush’s Maappillai.