Bhagat's film in Tamil
Behindwoods Visitor V.Haricharan
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understand that Chetan Bhagat’s
‘2 States’ has been
been remade in Tamil, as ‘Abhiyum
Naanum’ with Trisha and
Prakashraj playing the daughter-father
duo. I was not quite impressed
with it, as there was no peppiness
in the script. I was wondering
if Chetan would actually accept
the novel being made into Tamil,
with appropriate changes. Now
that 3 Idiots has already been
released and has been receiving
rave reviews, I am sure, that
day too is not so far off. So
here I go, letting my imagination
First of all, I would try not
to make too much fun of the
Tamilians, as the book does.
The book goes overboard in stereotyping,
but again, as the author says,
we only make fun of those, whom
we love very much.
Coming to the cast, as Krish,
I would undoubtedly cast Sharman
Joshi/Shahid Kapoor. Why? I’ve
seen them both acting as the
romantic Casanova, as well as
the pining lovers. The smile
and grace would suit Krish to
a T, and also their expressions
will suit the delicate moments
when Ananya and his mother face-off.
I find that both of them are
suitable for the character of
Krish. But coming to making
the final cut, I think Shahid
will take the cut.
For Ananya Swaminathan, the
Iyer girl, who drinks beer and
eats meat, I would hand it down
to the ‘girl-next-door’,
Trisha, but in case that does
not work out, I would definitely
prefer Vidya Balan. I know that
has raised a few eyebrows, but
hell, what’s wrong with
an ‘import’ from
God’s own country? Vidya
Balan would pass the test of
playing the IIM-Grad role with
élan, and yet play the
Iyer-girl who always sticks to the rules
that her parents lay for her. Moreover,
the naughty eyes, would perfectly mimic
Ananya’s character in the book. So,
my vote is for Vidya Balan as Ananya.
For Krish’s mother, there
is no doubt, to whom this role goes. Kirron
Kher gets this, hands down. As the always
grumbling mother, and going by the fact
that she can easily play the part of a Punjabi.
A little bit of overacting is required here,
which I am sure, comes naturally to her..!!
For Krish’s father, I would prefer
Pankaj Kapoor, Yes, Shahid’s father.
He can act as the bad-tempered, foul mouthed
guy who later turns jovial for his son’s
Ananya’s mother. A married, yet unassuming
housewife, who wants to do something in
life, but is restricted by the society and
her role in the family, I would put in Revati
Sankaran – Yes the same versatile
lady from Radio Mirchi’s Alli Darbar.
I think she will do the role justice. For
Ananya’s father, have no doubt, it
is Manobala. As the Iyer father, who reads
The Hindu, is very sarcastic, likes to drink
on the sly, wants his son to crack the IIT,
and is skeptical about North Indians; I
believe his role will be the most comical
one in the entire movie. Manobala with his
thin lanky frame and Sharman with his authentic,
looks, this crazy combination is sure to
rock the screen.
For the role of Krish’s boss in office,
I would personally recommend Santosh. He
is the guy who played the role of the immediate
manager for Harpreet in Rocket Singh. Remember
him? His French beard, ‘Devil-may-care’
attitude, and his timing will suit the role
of Krish’s manager to a T.
As the old Punjabi lady who passes cheeky
comments, Zohra Sehgal would look good.
There are plenty of other characters that
have to be cast wisely, like the house owner
of the flat where Krish lives. I would give
this to Pandu, who I think will make the
audience eat of his hands. Ananya’s
aunt, can be Renuka of Premi and Kathal
Pagadai fame. I am sure, she would do justice
to the role of a potential matchmaker who
is talkative and at the same time, asserts
her superiority over her brother’s
wife. Now that would be a contest…
Revathi Sankaran pitted against Renuka…!!
For the others, it would be proper if the
casting is taken seriously.
There has to be a close watch on too much
Hindi or too much of Tamil in the movie.
The blend has to be right. There have to
be subtitles whenever the language shift
occurs. Scenes have to be authentic to be
credible. Right background score is very
important. For the songs, there is very
little scope for them, though some comical
background score will be very helpful for
the movie. Harris Jayaraj would be a good
bet. I would love to see Imtiaz Ali of Jab
We Met take up this assignment. With his
creativity and enthusiasm, I am sure; he
would have another winner on his hands.
Of course, I would love to write the dialogues!!
Thanks and Regards,
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