CREATIVE REMAKE UTHAMAPUTHIRAN
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By Behindwoods Visitor Jeeth John
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The transfer of ideas from Tollywood to Kollywood started a long time ago. This particular trend was stylized by the director ‘Jayam’ Raja who has got 100% success rate to his credit so far. And now we have another person who is treading along the same path. Mithran Jawahar. He is just 3 films old. All his movies are telugu remakes. All his film have got Dhanush playing the main lead.

I am not trying to compare the two of them. Recently I had the opportunity to watch the movie Uthama Puthiran. After watching the movie, I got the same elated feeling that I got when I finished watching the original movie. It is really a tough job to re-create the same magic that was created originally. What most of the remakes have in Kollywood is a scene-by-scene replica of the original and very rarely do the film-makers take the liberty to divert from the original track. But even when it is so, the soul needs to be
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transitioned intact and that is where the director, actors and all the other sub-ordinates come into play. Take for example the character that Vivek essayed in Uthima Puthran. In the original it was done by Brahmanandam and it must have been a nightmare for Vivek to do the same with that character in Tamil. No wonder Vivek refused the role initially.

There is a small problem...re-make zone is the place where the director and all the associates involved in the film can rectify the mistakes and do away with unnecessary stuffs which was there in the original. And seldom do I see such things happening in India. For example, the Spiderman sequence in Uthima Puthran could have been done away with and something innovative or different could have been scripted to teach the little lad a lesson. In re-make’s there is already a base script and base film to follow on. There is ample of opportunity to play and tweak with the original for the directors and the screenwriter(s). Re-make is just not about taking a movie and re-doing it for the respective audience. It is also about re-creating the original magic and also where the creativity of the screen-writers and director comes into play.

I hope more meaningful and creative remakes come to Kollywood in the future.


Jeeth John
Doha, Qatar
jeethjohnp@yahoo.com
Tags : Uthama Puthiran, Dhanush, Genelia, Vivek, Mithran R. Jawahar, Vijay Antony

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