“The film will star actor Sunny Deol in the lead role and I will be directing the Hindi version. The pre-production works are underway. We are planning to commence the shoot next year between January and March in Jaipur, Rajasthan,” Padmakumar said.
Joseph, the Malayalam film, had actor Joju George playing the titular character, “a retired police officer, who is known for his investigative prowess“, who gets unexpectedly “pulled into a criminal case involving organ harvesting” after the death of his ex-wife.
Actors Athmiya Rajan, Dileesh Pothan, Irshad Ali, Johny Antony and Sudhi Koppa also played pivotal characters in the film. Joseph, written by Shahi Kabir, garnered positive reviews from both critics and the audience. The lead actor, Joju George, in addition to winning a special mention at the National Awards, also won the Kerala State Film Awards for the best character actor for the role.
Deol will be reprising Joju George’s role in the Hindi version. Further details regarding the cast and crew of the Hindi remake are yet to be announced by the makers.
According to a Pinkvilla report, the Hindi remake of Joseph will be produced by Kamal Mukut.
A source told the publication that when Mukut approached Deol to feature in the remake of Joseph, the latter had one request, to keep the film “as gritty and real, as the Malayalam original”.
Meanwhile, Deol who last directed a Hindi film called Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas (2019), will be next seen donning the actor’s hat in R Balki’s upcoming directorial, Chup. The psychological thriller film will also star actors Dulquer Salmaan, Pooja Bhatt, and Shreya Dhanwanthary.
Director Padmakumar, on the other hand, is currently working on his upcoming Malayalam film Pathaamvalavu starring Suraj Venjaramoodu and Indrajith Sukumaran. The film is said to be a family thriller based on a true event that happened in Kerala a few years ago.