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The Great Indian Kitchen: R Kannan to Direct Tamil Remake, to Star Aishwarya Rajesh

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Photo Source: Press Release of the Tamil remake of 'The Great Indian Kitchen'

The Great Indian Kitchenthe Malayalam film which released earlier this year, will be remade in Tamil and star Aishwarya Rajesh.

The film, which will be directed and produced by R Kannan, went on floors on Thursday. The inaugural ceremony took place on Thursday in Chennai.

The shooting of the remake will begin soon and will be released in Tamil and Telugu.

The Great Indian Kitchen premiered on a Malayalam streaming platform NeeStream in January. Directed by Jeo Baby, the film stars Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramood.

According to the IMDb synopsis, The Great Indian Kitchen revolves around a woman (Sajayan) who struggles to be the “submissive wife” that her husband and in-laws expect her to be. The story traces her journey “as she changes herself and, even more so, changes the household”.

The Great Indian Kitchen was critically acclaimed for its realistic portrayal of women. The film addressed various contemporary issues including the Sabarimala dispute, taboos regarding menstruation, and raised questions of gender equality within traditional families. 

Streaming giants including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video rejected the film without clarifying the reason, while Zee Keralam and several big Malayalam channels denied releasing the film citing the Sabarimala dispute as the issue, said Baby in an interview to Firstpost.

After the film’s success on NeeStream, the film had its television premiere on Asianet The Movie on February 14, on the occasion of Valentines’ Day.

Aishwarya, who will be playing the lead in the upcoming Tamil remake, is known for the 2014 award-winning film Kaaka Muttai, and Ka Pae Ranasingam. She made her Telugu debut with the remake of her Tamil film Kanaa (2018), titled Kousalya Krishnamurthy (2019). The actor is also working on the Telugu remake of the Malayalam action thriller Ayyappanum Koshiyum

The rest of the cast is yet to be announced.

Kannan, who has previously remade Hindi films like Jab We Met in Tamil titled Kanden Kadhalai, and Delhi Belly’s Tamil remake titled Settai. He is directing and co-producing the film with MKRP on behalf of Masala Pix. Prior to the upcoming Tamil remake, the director had been working on another Tamil remake titled Thalli Pogathey (a romantic comedy-drama) of the 2017 Telugu film Ninnu Kori, which is in its final stage.

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