The Hindi remake of the 2017 Tamil hit Vikram Vedha will be released later this year. The Hindi version, also titled Vikram Vedha, sees Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan play the titular roles, taking on Vijay Sethupathi and R Madhavan respectively. Husband and wife filmmaker duo Pushkar and Gayatri also return to direct the remake. In an interaction with Hindustan Times, the couple spoke about how the film is shaping up and what will be different about it. Also read: Hrithik Roshan Talks About Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Powerful Presence’ During Vikram Vedha Filming
Vikram Vedha is the story of the cat-and-mouse game between Vikram, a cop, and Vedha, a mobster. The story is inspired by the popular Indian folktale Vikram-Betaal, where the characters also take their name from them. When the remake was announced, many fans of the original were skeptical given the regional tone of the story and plot. Some of those concerns were allayed by the fact that Pushkar-Gayatri, who directed the Tamil film, is returning for the Hindi version. However, many fans wondered if the remake would be watered down in any way.
Pushkar responds to this and says: “We know how to make movies in a way, and we just stick to that. I hope people don’t see it as ‘bollywoodised’ or something. There has been no pressure from either side to do it a certain way, let’s put it this way. There has been no pressure from the producers or distributors to say that movies here have to be made a certain way. No one has had that conversation with us.” Gayatri says the reason they were brought on board was to recreate the elements that made the original so successful. She adds, “They liked the movie and they wanted us to do it.” would make it the way we make it. We didn’t experience any pressure from any side and we did our best.”
However, the filmmakers admit that there is one important difference. The Bollywood remake is much larger in scale. The original film, which was released in July 2017, received critical acclaim and was also a box office success, making 60 crore on a 11 crore budget. According to some reports, the production costs of the Hindi remake have been exceeded 175 million. While there’s no budget confirmation, most reports say it’s more than 100 crore, which makes it at least nine times higher than the Tamil original. Pushkar says: “The scale is of course much larger. And that gives us a lot more room to do things. But other than that, I don’t think there’s a push.”
The shooting of the film ended earlier this month with Hrithik Roshan sharing photos from the last day of shooting on social media to celebrate the occasion. The film, starring Radhika Apte, Rohit Saraf, Yogita Bihani and Sharib Hashmi, will hit theaters on September 30. The film is the first project in Hindi for Pushkar-Gayatri, who recently made their OTT debut with the Amazon Prime Video series Suzhal: The Vortex.