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Abhishek Pathak feels fans relate with Ajay Devgn. Says 'many didn't watch Mohanlal's Drishyam 2'

Drishyam 2 director Abhishek Pathak has claimed that many people relate Drishyam to Ajay Devgn and Vijay Salgaonkar. He also added that many waited for the Hindi version and skipped Mohanlal's original.

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Drishyam 2 director Abhishek Pathak says audience relate to Ajay Devgn.
Drishyam 2 director Abhishek Pathak says audience relate to Ajay Devgn.

In Short

  • Abhishek Pathak feels that the audience relate more to Ajay Devgn and Vijay Salgaonkar.
  • Pathak said that many had not watched the original Drishyam 2 because they were waiting for the Hindi version.
  • The director also opened up about whether remakes are working.

By India Today Web Desk: Abhishek Pathak is celebrating the success of Drishyam 2. A remake of Mohanlal’s film of the same name, the Ajay Devgn starrer is doing super well at the box office. Now, the director has opened up about why he feels the Hindi version is able to pull the audiences to the theatres despite the original being available on OTT. He also spoke about whether he feels remakes are not working.

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ABHISHEK FEELS AUDIENCE CONNECTED BETTER TO AJAY DEVGN’S VERSION

The original Drishyam 2, starring Mohanlal in the lead, had released on OTT last year. However, that has not stopped people from going to the theatres and watching the Hindi version. Pathak feels it is because the audience relate more to Ajay Devgn’s version of the film. He said, “Mohanlal sir is a great actor, a very established actor but the Hindi audiences relate Drishyam somewhere more with Vijay Salgaonkar and Ajay Devgn. And even though the Malayalam sequel was out, many people didn’t watch it as they wanted to see the Hindi version first. That is because they relate so much with Ajay sir. The Malayalam Drishyam is a brilliant film but they somewhere chose to hold on till the Hindi version was released.”

ABHISHEK PATHAK ON WHETHER REMAKES ARE WORKING

When asked about whether remakes are not working anymore, Abhishek disagreed and added, “But if the original is available on OTT in your language, you cut down on your audience. That has certainly damaged certain films that have come recently. But remaking is not something that will go away, I think. There are certain stories made for certain audiences. And if there is a chance to retell that brilliant story to another, larger audience, I don’t think there should be a problem with that. We are buying the rights officially from the producers. It’s not ‘copy kar liya’ as some people say.”

He also revealed that the team had acquired the remake rights of the film even before its OTT release. Pathak further said, “When you start rewriting something, you always mark out things you don’t want to touch. The idea is to not damage it. See, we got the rights to something we loved and there’s no point changing that. We have to stick to the soul of the film, including the twist and turns. But the screenplay can change. Malayalam films are a little different as compared to Hindi films. The audiences are different as well. So we need that change. So yes, changing the screenplay of a remake is important but you have to be careful.”

DRISHYAM 2’S SUCCESSFUL RUN

Drishyam 2 released in theatres on November 18, has had a fantastic opening weekend. The film has already collected Rs. 76 crores in just 4 days. It also stars Shriya Saran, Tabu, Akshaye Khanna, and Ishita Dutta.