Published: Thursday Mar 08, 2012
Traffic, Salt n Pepper, Veettilekkulla Vazhi these are some of the movies Malayalees around the world welcomed for its uniqueness and freshness in the making. Yes it’s true that malayalm movie lack the solid content it was famed for nut the freshness quotient in Mollywood films is neither undeniable nor has it gone unnoticed by other film industries. The Salman-Kareena starrer Bodyguard that releases on August 31 is just one of the remakes of Malayalam films, which have been picked up in other languages.
Malayalam movies cater to multi-lingual audiences in the form of remakes with its hilarious plots and low production costs. Director Aashiq Abu's Salt n' Pepper - a romantic comedy is the next to join the race. The movie has already received remake offers in four languages with director Priyadarshan expressing interest to helm the Bollywood version.
It may be recalled here that
Priyadarshan pioneered the art of remaking Malayalam films to tickle the ribs of Bollywood buffs. Movies like Hera Pheri, a take-off from Ramjirao Speaking, its Malayalam version, created history of sorts and set a trend for comic movies in Bollywood. More interestingly, what followed was a series of comedy movies with Akshay Kumar that audience deem as total paisa vasool movies.
Coming back to the present, what is it that makes these films' rights sell like hot cakes? Aashiq says Malayalam movies are low-budget productions, making it easier for the remakes to stick to small budgets too. He adds that the new wave of Malayalam films, especially from the younger crowd, have out-of-the-box concepts and the BO figures show that "audiences appreciate creativity."
Another highly-successful flick Traffic, directed by Rajesh Pillai, is being remade in five languages, including Hindi and Tamil. The Bollywood version will feature Nana Patekar and Sunny Deol, while in Tamil; Kamal Haasan is eyeing the role of the movie star. Stating that language is no barrier for remakes, Rajesh, who will direct the Bollywood version, says, "Their themes are unique and can be placed anywhere." Traffic was inspired by a real-life incident that happened in Chennai. So as the directors widen their horizon lets wish Malayalam movie will attain greater heights for its making and concepts with the very small budget package it has compared with the biggies like Tollywood and Bollywood.