Karan Johar has officially announced the news of remaking Vijay Deverakonda’s latest Telugu hit Dear Comrade. The filmmaker shared a picture with the team revealing details. Now, a report in Bollywood Hungama states that KJo shelled a huge sum of Rs 6 crore to secure the remake rights of the film Dear Comrade. Karan’s quick action to purchasing the rights of the film and shelling such a hefty amount is indeed a risk and we wonder if the film will make the numbers that KJo is predicting at the box office. This figure of a whopping 6crore is higher than that paid for films such as Simmba and Laxmmi Bomb, which are also South remakes of Temper and Muni 2: Kanchana, both of which were huge hits.
According to the source in the report, “Along with Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Vijay Galani were also bidding. But KJo got the rights as he agreed to pay Rs 6 crore. The other producers decided to back out on hearing this figure. Also, KJo has been friends with Vijay and that must have also helped. No remake rights of a South film have ever been sold for such an amount. Not even of commercial and family entertainers like Temper (remade as Simmba) or Muni 2: Kanchana (being remade as Laxmmi Bomb).”
This source futher added, “Vijay Deverakonda was the lead in Arjun Reddy, the film which catapulted him to stardom. Kabir Singh was the remake of this film. Vijay is also the lead in Dear Comrade and this film seems a bit in the Arjun Reddy zone. The Dear Comrade trailer indicates that Vijay is the brash, impulsive college student who falls for a girl and then suffers an extreme heartbreak. Hence, both films have an uncanny resemblance. The producers of Bollywood realized that if Kabir Singh can earn close to Rs 277 crore, that too with Shahid Kapoor, then Dear Comrade’s Hindi remake will also have the potential to score big.”
Karan Johar had also backed the mega blockbuster Baahubali 2 which was a humungous success at the box-office. The film Dear Comrade’s trailer created a stir as soon as it was out. Dear Comrade is written and directed by Bharat Kamma and stars Jayaprakash, Sukanya, Brahmaji, Rao Ramesh and Shruti Ramachandran in prominent roles. Vijay plays a student leader, while his co-star Rashmika plays the role of a cricketer in the film.
Image source: Instagram/ @karanjohar, @the_vijaydevarakondafc_
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