UTV remakes Hindi 'A Wednesday'

2008 film debuts Friday in Tamil and Telegu

NEW DELHI -- UTV Motion Pictures will release two South Indian remakes of its 2008 Hindi terrorism drama “A Wednesday" worldwide on Friday.
 
Both versions are directed by Chakravorthy Toleti  -- “Unnaipol Oruvam” in Tamil and “Eenadu” in Telegu –- feature South Indian actor Kamal Haasan in the lead role of a common man who takes it upon himself to purge society of terrorism. Naseeruddin Shah portrayed the same role in the original Hindi version, which grossed over $4 million, becoming a surprise hit for UTV's banner Spotboy Pictures, which focuses on offbeat and low-budget fare.
 
Both films will also feature music by Haasan's daughter Shruti.
 
The move is seen as a break from tradition, given that usually South Indian films remade into Hindi films have done well, most notably last year's biggest hit “Ghajini” starring Aamir Khan, which was a remake of the original Tamil version of the same name also directed by A R Murugadoss.
 
“We are hopeful that this will start a trend in the reverse migration of original stories from Hindi cinema being remade for southern audiences," UTVMP CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur said.
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