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3 Idiots to be remade in Tamil and Telugu?
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Sources in the industry claim that the film has already grossed about Rs 240 crore in just 10 days and the final figures may touch the staggering Rs 300-crore mark.

The film has also become the highest grossing Hindi film in Tamil Nadu where it has managed to garner a record Rs 1.65 crore from 22 screens in its very first week. What’s more, the number of screens on which the film is being shown is also being increased to 40 for the Pongal weekend.

Now, the buzz is that two leading production houses in the south are trying to get remake rights for the Tamil and Telugu versions of the film. The grapevine has it that one of the houses is holding negotiations with the makers of the film and that it is ready to offer a whopping Rs 10 crore to remake the film in all south Indian languages. The same house had remade Munnabhai MBBS into Vasool Raja MBBS in Tamil and Shankar Dada MBBS in Telugu. Mano Akkineni from the house confirms, “Yes, we are negotiating with Vinod and Raju for the remake rights of 3 Idiots. But we haven’t thought about the star cast.”

Meanwhile, rumours are afloat that most top heroes here are interested in being a part of the remake, albeit on their own terms. Madhavan has made it clear that he is open to the idea of repeating his role in Tamil as well. The front-runner for Aamir Khan’s role in the film is Suriya, though sources close to him say he will not do the role as he has no immediate dates to offer. There are also unconfirmed reports that Vijay likes the film and is thinking of doing a film that is different from his usual style. When contacted, Suriya told CT, “I loved 3 Idiots. But the movie will require a very good director if it is to be remade in Tamil.” It’s not just in Tamil that stars are interested in the project. In fact, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had called Ram Charan Teja for a sneak preview of 3 Idiots before release and he liked it so much that he arranged a special screening of the film for his dad Chiranjeevi and uncle Pawan Kalyan.

But not everybody is convinced it will work commercially. Comments producer Dhananjayan, “It is very tough to remake 3 Idiots in Tamil or Telugu. Films with a soft nature don’t generally turn out to be blockbusters in these languages. Films that are action-oriented turn out to be blockbusters here.”

There are others who agree with Dhananjayan, but for a different set of reasons. A leading Telugu producer said, “The price being asked for the remake rights is not worth it. We can make two films with the same budget.”

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