Update: It is clarified that Golden Crab Film Production, a London-based production company, has acquired the rights to remake Bollywood blockbuster Queen in all South Indian languages.
The Kannada remake of Vikas Bahl’s critically-acclaimed Queen was launched on Monday. Starring Parul Yadav in the titular role, the film will reportedly be directed by actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind, best known for helming Kamal Haasan’s Uttama Villain.
Ramesh will also be directing the film’s Tamil version, originally planned to be made by actor Revathy. Tamannaah Bhatia was initially considered to reprise Kangana Ranaut in the Tamil version and she was thrilled to have bagged the opportunity. However, she eventually walked out of the project as the makers couldn’t afford her salary. It is believed that Kajal Aggarwal, who is going through a terrific phase in her career, is likely to replace her in the project.
Talking to New Indian Express, Ramesh Aravind said: “I can’t officially confirm the Tamil heroine, but yes, I was told that Kajal Aggarwal would come on board.” Talking about how he landed the opportunity to direct the Tamil version, too, he said, “I was told that Revathy would be directing the Tamil and Malayalam version, and so initially, I didn’t ask for the Tamil project. In fact, I’m very comfortable with Tamil. I can read and write the language, and have, after all, been part of 50 films. Eventually, a lot of changes happened. The whole project was planned afresh, except for the Kannada version, and this time, I had no hesitation in pitching in for the Tamil version as well.”
Amy Jackson will reprise Lisa Haydon’s role in all four versions of the film. The regular shooting of the Kannada version starts later this week. After wrapping up the first schedule in Bengaluru, the makers will head to London to shoot major sequences.