A tale of Two Barbers.
Rajinikanth has a childhood friend who is a penniless barber in the boonies. So does Shah Rukh Khan. Rajinikanth’s barber friend is a cynical private person that eloped from a big city to the village. Shahrukh khan’s barber friend has done the same too. There’s only one issue with this pair of celebrity friendships (and both stars are reputed to be very loyal to their childhood friends). They don’t exist. It’s a fictional coincidence. They have both bought the rights to remake a Malayalam film called Katha Parayumbol, to be remade in Hindi and tamil almost in competition with one another.
P Vasu, who made Mannan and Uzzaipaali with Rajinikanth reportedly directs the Tamil version (Titled Kuselan , after the Krishna Kuchela story) while Priyadarshan directs the Shahrukh Khan home production (Red Chillies productions untitled film) of the hindi version. It’s not clear whether the respective superstars will play the Barber(Sreenivasan’s) role or the superstar’s(Mammooty’s) I would give away all my wealth to charity if Rajinikanth plays both, in a reprise of his underrated gem Johnny but I dream. Katha parayumbol ( while I narrate the story) I got sidetracked….
It is an interesting story that the two superstars fresh from their respective blockbuster hits have chosen to buy rights of the same film, but the subject and execution of the Malayalam original promises to bring interesting comparisons between the two woods, not least about what the Katha(story) of each is.
To bring context, Katha parayumbol is a phrase your granma would use to you if you kept asking silly questions when she was trying to tell you a story, so what do these respective granmas of narrative storytelling(tamil and hindi cinema) want us to shut up and listen to?
I doubt if there will be similarity of filmmaking technique in what promises to be a battle of remakes. Priyadarshan is known for his comedies made with some stylish production values and P vasu is known for his sensitive traditional melodramas made in very traditional style. In either case if I were to pick I’d watch both films asking me to shut up while they tell a story. I wouldn’t shut up tho. 😉