Earlier this year in July, the two production houses had announced a Hindi remake of the Suriya starrer, to be helmed by the director of the original film, Sudha Kongara. However, in August, the Madras High Court had issued an injunction on the remake based on a petition from producer Guneet Monga.
Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, which had co-produced the original film, had approached the court to obtain the injunction alleging that the Hindi film was originally meant to be made by 2D Entertainment in association with Sikhya, but Suriya’s banner had entered into a deal with Abundantia Entertainment without Sikhya’s consent.
Soorarai Pottru revolves around the life of Captain GR Gopinath who founded Air Deccan, India’s first low-cost airline. The film was inspired by Gopinath’s autobiography Simply Fly: A Deccan Odyssey. It also starred Aparna Balamurali, M Mohan Babu, Paresh Rawal, and Urvashi among others. The film premiered on Amazon Prime Video in November 2020.
According to a press release, the ruling on Wednesday came after 2D Entertainment told the court that it had paid Sikhya Entertainment a huge sum for facilitating the acquisition of the rights to the book Simply Fly, apart from the actual rights money paid by 2D Entertainment.
Earlier, Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian, CEO of 2D Entertainment, had responded to queries from Silverscreen India with an official statement that read: “We have paid Sikhya Entertainment a huge sum of Rs 3 crore for facilitating the acquisition of the rights of the book.”
With Wednesday’s ruling, the path has been cleared for the Hindi remake of Soorarai Pottru and work on the film is expected to resume soon. However, the makers have not yet revealed who will play Suriya’s role in the remake. The rest of the cast and crew of the film is also yet to be announced.