Actor Shiva Rajkumar will be reprising Ajith’s role in the Kannada remake of Viswasam. The deal is yet to be finalised, but the actor says he liked Ajith’s performance in the film and will give his nod soon.
Speaking to Silverscreen, Shiva Rajkumar said, “Talks are on and I will be confirming it in two to three days. I’ve spoken to the producers and it is very likely to be finalised. Shoot may begin in November or December this year.” He added, “I liked Ajith’s performance in Viswasam. There’s a lovely sentiment and it’s an emotional family drama. The Kannada audience will definitely enjoy the film.”
The rest of the cast and crew and producers will be announced soon. In his career spanning over 30 years, Shiva Rajukumar has acted in a variety of roles in over 100 films. He is currently gearing up for the release of Rustum, co-starring Shraddha Srinath, Vivek Oberoi and others. His films SRK, Drona, Anand and My Name Is Anji are under production, and work on Viswasam remake will begin this year.
Director Siva’s Viswasam released during Pongal in January, clashing at the box-office with the Rajinikanth-starrer Petta. Viswasam starred Ajith and Nayanathra in the lead, and went on to become a commercial blockbuster. It was simultaneously dubbed in Kannada but could not release along with the Tamil version reportedly because of the non-availability of screens in the state. Last month, Horizon Studios released Jaga Malla in Karnataka. However, the film did not do as well as expected and reports said that Sathya Jyothi Films were planning a remake.
Actor Ajith has a huge fan base in Karnataka. He is the only actor to have had four of his films – Vivegam as Cammando, Arrambam as Dheera and Yennai Arindhaal as Sathyadev – dubbed in Kannada in the last 50 years. Until recently, there was an unofficial ban on dubbing in Kannada in order to protect the film industry and support local content. It was only after the Competition Commission of India slapped fine that the rule was lifted.
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