After Aamir, it's Akshay!

By Hindustan Times

MUMBAI, Oct. 4 -- Could Akshay Kumar be counting his chickens even before they hatch? After riding on the wave of success of this year's blockbuster Rowdy Rathore (a remake of the Telugu hit Vikramarkudu, 2006), the actor has now teamed up with filmmaker AR Murugadoss to star in another remake - this time of the Tamil film, Thuppakki, which, incidentally, hasn't yet released (it will hit theatres around Diwali).

The actor will also co-produce the remake along with Vipul Shah. The shooting will begin early next year. This is perhaps the first time that the Hindi adaptation of a vernacular film has been confirmed even before the original hits the theatres. According to an insider, since Akshay and Vipul were very impressed with the storyline, they didn't want to waste any time. Apparently, the script for the yet-untitled film, to be made under Akshay's banner Hari Om Entertainment and Shah's Sunshine Pictures, has been tweaked to suit a panIndian audience.

The Thuppakki remake will also mark the comeback of Ghajini (2008) director Murugadoss in Bollywood after a gap of five years. "A number of Bollywood stars wanted to work with Murugadoss after Ghajini, but he was very impressed with Akshay's enthusiasm towards his work. The plan for this film was finalised early this year, but everything has been kept under wraps," adds the insider.

With this project, Shah, who has worked with Akshay on multiple films like Namastey London (2007), Singh Is Kinng (2008) and Action Replayy (2010), is teaming up with the actor after almost three years. "Besides Thuppakki, Akshay will also star in the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Ramana (2002), which will be produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali Production," says the insider.

That's not all. Next year, the actor will be seen in Naam Hai Boss, a remake of the Malayalam superhit Pokkiri Raja (2010). Neither Murugadoss nor Akshay could be reached for a comment.

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