Agni Natchathiram, Mani Ratnam’s classic starring Prabhu and Karthik, is set to be remade in Kollywood. And the names being bandied to reprise the two memorable roles are none other than the sons of the two original heroes, Prabhu and Karthik. Prabhu’s son, Vikram, and Karthik’s son, Gautham, are ready to step into their shoes.
This could well be a casting coup of sorts. A source says, “The film is much-loved by all Tamil cinema fans. So, if anyone would do justice to the roles done by Prabhu and Karthik, it is their children.”
It is rumoured that the film will be produced by the makers of Osthe and director Dharani is likely to helm the project. Says producer Ramesh, who plans to make the film in Tamil and Telugu, “Talks are on with Dharani to direct the project. Both Vikram Prabhu and Gautham Karthik have evinced a lot of interest in this film as they will be stepping into their fathers’ shoes.”
The Agni Natchathiram remake will kickstart only in December as the makers would like Mani Ratnam’s Kadal to hit screens before they embark on their project.
While neither Vikram Prabhu nor his dad Prabhu could be reached for a confirmation, their spokesperson informs, “Yes, producer Ramesh has been toying with this and also got in touch with us regarding this. We have asked him for a clear picture on the rights of the film so that we can decide.”
Directed by Mani Ratnam in 1988, Agni Natchathiram is about two half-brothers who come into conflict with each other in their claim for legitimacy as sons of a common father.