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Shivrajkumar to star in Kannada remake of Dhanush’s Asuran


Asuran director Vetrimaaran will be venturing into Kannada films as a producer with this remake.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Actor Shivrajkumar will star in the yet-untitled Kannada remake of Tamil film Asuran, according to a report by Cinema Express, a movie portal.

Currently busy shooting for Bhajarangi 2, Shivrajkumar will next begin work on RDX, where he will play a police officer who returns to solve a case after years in coma. He is expected to take up the Asuran remake later this year.

According to the report, Asuran director Vetrimaaran will be venturing into Kannada films as a producer with this remake, which will be directed by Jacob Varghese, who is known for his films like Savari and Prithvi.

Based on popular Tamil novel Vekkai, Asuran was a blockbuster with over Rs100 crore in gross earnings.

The film is the violent revenge story of a father, a farmer, who avenges the ruthless murder of his elder son. The film featured Dhanush in dual roles, playing his character over two generations. Asuran, which was produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu, also starred Manju Warrier, Teejay and Pasupathy in key roles.

The film is also being remade in Telugu. Titled Naarappa, which is being directed by Srikanth Addala, the remake stars Venkatesh in the titular role. The project, which is being financed by Suresh Productions, went on the floors in January. Priyamani has been roped in to play the leading lady.

While Venkatesh will reprise Dhanush’s role from the original, Priyamani will slip into the shoes of Warrier’s character from Asuran.