After collaborating on 'Satyameva Jayate' and 'Batla House', John Abraham and Bhushan Kumar took the gangster-drama, 'Mumbai Saga', on the floors in August last year. In April and July respectively, they will kick off 'Satyameva Jayate 2' and 'Ek Villain 2'.
Now, that the duo is also collaborating on the official remake of the 2015 Tamil blockbuster, 'Vedalam', which will be directed by Rohit Dhawan.
According to a source close to the development, Rohit is putting finishing touches to the screenplay, adapting the film, which is set in Mumbai, for a pan-India audience. “The team will go on recce in a couple of months. The idea is to shoot in real locations to capture the local flavour. A small portion will be canned outside the city as well,” informs the source.
The original featured Ajith as the protagonist, Ganesh, a gangster turned-taxi driver and a doting brother to Lakshmi Menon’s Thamizh.
Shruti Hassan, the second female lead, was a lawyer, while Rahul Dev, Kabir Duhan Singh and Aniket Chouhan were the antagonists. “The two actresses are integral to the narrative and the makers are looking to cast strong performers for both parts,” the source said, adding that Bhushan loved the original film and took it to John, who has liked it as much. “They are excited about the remake as it’s different from all their previous collaborations,” the source shares. John, who plays a gangster in 'Mumbai Saga', will be seen reprising his role of a vigilante cop in 'Satyameva Jayate' sequel, before he gets into the grey zone of 'Ek Villain 2'. In the 'Vedalam' remake, the leading man sports three different looks, transforming from a dreaded gangster into a subdued cabbie and later, a protective sibling. “It’s a multi-layered character, with a terrific climax which makes the film interesting,” the source signs off. Rohit and John have previously worked together in the former’s directorial debut, 'Desi Boyz', which co-starred Akshay Kumar, and the buddy cop actioner 'Dishoom', also featuring Varun Dhawan.