John Abraham, who will next be seen as a cop in Nikkhil Advani’s Batla House while also gearing up for Satyameva Jayate 2 and Pagalpanti, has green-lit another project. Mirror has learnt that the 46-year-old actor will play the lead in the Hindi remake of the 2015 Tamil action blockbuster Vedalam,which was directed by cinematographer-turned-filmmaker Siva and fronted by Ajith Kumar.
According to a source close to the development, Bhushan Kumar who will be producing the film, has acquired the rights for the Hindi remake. “Bhushan loved the original and has spoken to John about making it in Hindi. John has agreed to be a part of the film; however, the signing formalities are still being closed. The Hindi version will be adapted in a way that will appeal to a pan-India audience, while the makers are still on the lookout for a director. Once the final script is locked and a director is on board, the team will begin casting for the rest of the parts alongside other pre-production formalities,” the source informed.
Vedalam revolves around Ajith’s Ganesh, who lives with his sister Tamizh (played by Lakshmi Menon) in Kolkata and works as a cab driver while being on the hunt for three notorious criminals played by Rahul Dev, Kabir Duhan Singh and Aniket Chauhan. Shruti Haasan played a lawyer in the film, which was remade in Bengali in 2018 as Sultan: The Saviour featuring Jeet, Bidya Sinha Mim and Priyanka Sarkar.
Vedalam joins the long list of South films being remade in Hindi after the Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani-starrer Kabir Singh, which is a remake of Sandeep Vanga’s Arjun Reddy featuring Vijay Deverakonda, the Akshay Kumar-starrer Laxmmi Bomb which takes after the 2011 Tamil horror-comedy Muni 2: Kanchana and Ahan Shetty and Tara Sutaria’s RX 100 remake.