Remakes are a popular trend in Bollywood nowadays and after popularising many Tamil and Telugu films, Marathi cinema is now being explored by the Hindi film industry. Carrying the trend forward, the Stree producer-director duo of Dinesh Vijan and Amar Kaushik have joined hands yet again for the remake of the award-winning film, Mala Aai Vhhaychay (I want to be a mother). Although their previous film, Stree was a horror comedy and it entertained us a lot, this film will be more on the serious note and will surround on the contentious issue and the taboo of surrogacy. We are really glad about this collaboration as it is a great initiative to introduce such films to a larger audience with a remake.
Confirming the news, Amar talked about how he had been searching for a story with a strong emotional connect, in a genre different from Stree, and when Dinesh narrated this one, he knew instantly that he wanted to direct it. He added on to say, “I’ve always been attracted to ma-bachchon ki kahaniyan (mother-children stories). What makes this one even more interesting is that it is rooted in a true story, one of the many cases that came to Samruddhi Porey (the Marathi film’s writer-director-producer) who is a practising lawyer with the Bombay High Court.”
Talking about why he wanted to make such a film, Dinesh spoke in detail and said, “Once when I was on a flight, I saw Garth Davis’s Oscar-nominated biographical drama Lion, again based on a true story, and wished I could make a film as emotionally stirring and engaging. Then, I saw this Marathi film which had been selected by President Pratibha Patil to be screened for former American President Barack Obama during his visit to India and immediately acquired its Hindi remake rights (It was remade in Telugu in 2013 as Welcome Obama)."
The Samruoddhi Porey directorial was set against the backdrop of the colourful world of a Lavni dancer in the interiors of Maharashtra and revolves around the story of how she is approached by a foreign lady for surrogacy and how her life unfolds after that when she discovers that the child could be born deformed and the foreign lady leaves her with the baby in her hands. Isn’t it an interesting story? Let us know in the comments section below and let us know how excited are you to watch the Hindi remake of this film. Also, stay tuned to Box Office India for more updates from the world of Marathi Cinema and Bollywood.