Sairat, the blockbuster Marathi movie starring newcomers Rinku Rajguru, 15, and Akash Thosar, 23, is now being re-made in Punjabi and according to reports, the Punjabi version will be directed by the Bambukat Director Pankaj Batra!
Zee Studios, one of the producers for the film, is in talks with Wize Mindz Entertainment, a leading production house in Punjab, for the remake to be helmed by Pankaj Batra.
Confirming the development, Batra says, "Yes, we are in the process of acquiring the necessary rights and should be able to finalise things by next week."
Nagraj Manjule's 'Sairat' revolved around honour killings and has earned over Rs 80 crore in India in its five-week run. Pankaj Batra too is expecting good audience feedback because of the film's storyline.
"It worked in Marathi, but it's not necessary that it will work in Punjab too. We really loved the story. The film has a strong message at the end, and that's the reason we decided to remake the film. The plan, at this point, is to retain 70 per cent of the 'Sairat' story while the rest can be adapted to suit Punjabi culture and sensibilities."
Batra, who has earlier made Punjabi films like Virsa, Bambukat, Channo Kamli Yaar Di and Naughty Jatts, says they are looking for fresh-faced actors as the remake's lead pair.
"Sairat starred debutants and we want to do that for the remake, too. We will see how things pan out once the casting process begins. It will take at least a couple more months to take the film on floors," the director says.