Director RS Prasanna, who directed the original and is also directing Shubh Mangal Saavdhan in Hindi, says the remake will be a different film.
Aanand L Rai producing Hindi remake of Tamil rom-com Kalyana Samayal Saadham
Chennai - 10 Dec 2016 17:00 IST
Updated : 12 Dec 2016 11:24 IST
Director RS Prasanna says filmmaker Aanand L Rai, with whom he is working on the upcoming Hindi romantic comedy Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, has great admiration for South Indian filmmakers.
"I'm blessed to be working with Aanand, and the experience so far has been great," Prasanna told IANS.
Talking about what makes working with the Raanjhanaa (2013) director exciting, he said: "He has great admiration for Southern filmmakers such as K Balachander and Mani Ratnam, and also for actors like Kamal Haasan, Dhanush and R Madhavan. He constantly keeps mentioning them in his conversations.
"I find it reassuring to work with someone who understands and appreciates Southern cinema because I represent that industry."
Rai's love goes beyond Southern cinema, Prasanna added. "He loves people in general. That's why his films are full of lovely characters, and they are set in small towns. He also loves food."
Nearly three years ago, Rai had attended a special screening of Prasanna's Tamil directorial debut Kalyana Samayal Saadham. On the same day, he agreed to produce the film in Hindi.
Prasanna, however, said Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is not a remake of Kalyana Samayal Saadham. "You could say it's broadly inspired by Kalyana Samayal Saadham. We are treating it as a new film which will be made for a new audience. With Aanand on board, we are sure to make it a different film."
So what has he learnt so far from Rai? "Aanand's absolute focus on story and script fascinates me," Prasanna said. "When we discussed making Kalyana Samayal Saadham in Hindi, he was about to start work on Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015). He told me let's wait and work on the project once he is relieved of all commitments. Everything fell in place organically."
Without divulging any information about the cast and crew, Prasanna said an official announcement will be made soon. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is expected to be released in theatres on 25 August 2017.