There are films that find genesis in the smallest of ideas that are floating around. There are some that take shape over coffee shop discussions. There are some that are borne out of real life incidents. And then there are some that take the remake route. This is exactly the route that Boney Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor took when they realized that a film called Okkadu was being made in Telugu and was creating massive buzz.
It is just that the developments took place – hold your breath – more than a decade ago, when South heartthrob Mahesh Babu was ready to ignite some heat with Okkadu (2003).
“I remember going to Hyderabad to buy rights of this film 15 or 20 days before the release. Since that day, we had been toying with the idea of making that film in Hindi. Also, Eros had been thoroughly standing by us for the film,” reveals Sanjay Kapoor, who was yet to turn producer back then.
Call it Arjun Kapoor‘s fortune but Okkadu couldn’t really get converted into a Hindi film till Sanjay decided to step into production in a major way.
Sanjay, who could well be the oldest debutant star producer at the age of 52, says:
Sometimes great things are done spontaneously. I was planning to do something and Arjun had also just become an actor. I was toying around certain ideas and then we came across Okkadu which all of us, be it Arjun, Boney or I liked. We immediately started putting together some good music and a fantastic adaptation of the script. We also knew that the film had to be marketed in the right way so that it is topical, contemporary and real. I am glad that the audience is liking what we have made and everybody has positive reactions to it.
An all around family-affair that has Arjun Kapoor as the leading man and Boney Kapoor as the guiding force, Tevar is one film which Sanjay Kapoor is banking on in a big way, as this is his first major step towards production.
Now one waits to see how debutant director Amit Ravindernath Sharma has picked on a decade old flick, which has also been remade in Tamil, Kannada and Bengali, and turned it upside down for its Hindi adaptation.
Come 9th January and we’ll have an idea.