The critically acclaimed Tamil film, Jigarthanda is all set to be remade in Telugu. Wielding the megaphone for it would be Harish Shankar and the prep work for it has begun already. Varun Tej has been signed up to play the role reprised by Bobby Simha in the original and Rashmika Mandanna will be stepping into the shoes of Lakshmi Menon, who played the female lead in Jigarthanda. Naga Shaurya and Raj Tarun may play the roles done by Siddharth and Karunakaran respectively. Interestingly, Jigarthanda‚Äôs Telugu dubbed version was released as Chikkadu Dorakadu but now director Harish Shankar will be directing the remake making some changes to suit the Telugu audiences, say sources.
It may be noted here that Jigarthanda was remade in Kannada with Sudeep bankrolling the venture along with Sathyanarayana. The film was directed by Shiva Ganesh and starred Rahul, Samyukta Hornad, and P Ravishankar in the lead roles.
The original version in Tamil was written and directed by Karthik Subburaj and had Siddharth, Bobby Simha and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles with Nassar, Ambika, Karunakaran and Sangili Murugan playing the supporting roles. The film fetched the National Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Bobby Simha and Best Editing for Vivek Harshan.
The technical crew of Jigarthanda included Santosh Narayanan for music, Gavemic U Ary for cinematography and Vivek Harshan for editing.The film was bankrolled by Kathiresan under his banner SMS Pictures. Made on a budget of Rs 10 crore, it fetched around Rs 35 crore at the box office.
Earlier, there were reports that Harish Shankar is contemplating over directing the remake of 96 and Jigarthanda and it was uncertain which of the two films would go on to the floors first. With 96 remake to be directed by Prem, who has directed the original, Harish Shankar seems to have moved over to Jigarthanda remake.
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