The Battle of the Remakes.

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. 😉


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6 Responses to The Battle of the Remakes.

  1. GoJoe says:

    Have you seen the original? Time to seek out perhaps…

  2. rameshram says:


    Yes. and check youremail for a link. (may not be subtitled tho)

  3. Shali says:

    I write this knowing you’re a fan of Rajni, BUT it will be a battle of who can ham the most.

  4. rameshram says:

    And I write this knowing youre too snooty to be one,

    Tonkatsu is an enduring favorite (if well made, of course)..

    In this context there are many factors that weigh on my being sympathetic to the rajni remake(although I’m not closed minded to the shah rukh – priyadarshan version)

    1. rajni worship
    2. rajni owns barber. (Shali, go watch Johnny).
    3. the Hindi imperialist Priyadarshan must be defeated by ancient tamil culture.
    4. P vasu Vs Priyadarshan?
    5. Cuz I’m not a professional journalist, and i can like films whenever i want.

  5. Shali says:

    Not snooty at all. But it’s a rare Rajni film that is good. Maybe it’s because I rode those BTS buses that he was a conductor for? I will see “Johnny” if you say so.

  6. rameshram says:

    this is sooo not true, even if your classist instinct scream bus conductor while you gaze at his sainted visage.

    this is an youtube intro to rajini films i wrote up on david chute’s old blog. it has a song from johnny. see it and prepare to be amazed.

    the baasha song in it? it’s pure sheer advaita…but people that dont know shankara are bound to repeat bus conductor….tis a pity is what it is!

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