South remakes in Hindi have become a sure shot formula for success, and in the last few years, I have seen some amazing Hindi remakes on screen with many more in the offing in the next few years as well. Films like Singham have been spun into a franchise of their own, even setting up the base for a whole cop universe, so South remakes do offer a lot of bankability on the box office. And now, adding to my excitement, filmmaker Karan Johar has acquired the remake rights of the Malayalam film Hridayam.

Karan’s Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios are jointly collaborating for the project which will be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The original Malayalam film Hridayam released in January this year to a roaring response down South. This coming-of-age love story featuring Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan and Darshana Rajendran in the lead, is directed by Vineeth Sreenivasan.

Check out the announcement here:

The story of Hridayam follows the journey of its protagonist Arun, played by Pranav, from age 17 to 30, as he goes on a journey of self-discovery due to some unforeseen circumstances in his life. It was a critical and commercial success and reintroduced the once obsolete audio cassettes and limited edition vinyl records in India.

While there hasn’t been any other update yet on the casting or progress of the film, the story does offer a lot of scope for some incredible performances and I can’t wait to see who, eventually, steps in these roles. Being a romantic nerd, love stories have always fascinated me, and this one just plucks on my heartstrings and seeing it in Hindi would surely be an experience that I can’t wait to embark upon.