Vishal Furia on ‘Forensic’: Doing justice to the original film is the hardest part
Bombay, June 11 (IANS): As films made in South Indian languages are finding pan-Indian audiences and translating at the box office lately, one might think twice about remaking a film from language to language. another, and whether remake culture is still relevant.
As ‘Forensic’, a remake of a Malayalam film of the same name is set to be released on June 24, in conversation with IANS, director Vishal Furia explains why the remake is helping to broaden the audience group.
Vishal told IANS: “I think audiences always prefer to watch a movie or a web series in their own comfortable language, that’s how the consumption of any entertainment content works most of the time. That’s how the films work in each region, it restores relatability. Having said that, the biggest challenge of any remake is to do justice to the original material while adding a local touch to it.”
He went on to add, “For example, ‘Forensic’ which came out in Malayalam, I’m sure a lot of people watched it. But there’s a portion of people who haven’t watched it either. Now there is a fan following Radhika. Apt and Vikrant Massey. When Hindi filmmakers see their favorite stars coming up with “Forensic”, which is already a famous film, they will naturally be drawn to the film.
“The same thing happened with my other film ‘Chhorii’ which was a remake of a Marathi film. So recasting a film from one language to another is always relevant. movie to a larger audience,” Vishal explained.
In the recent past, there are examples of films like “Kabir Singh” starring Shahid Kapoor, a remake of Telugu film “Arjun Reddy” which gained well at the box office. However, Shahid’s latest “Jersey”, which was also another remake of a Telugu film of the same name, did not perform well.
When asked his opinion on recreating the same magic in a remake version of a blockbuster movie, Vishal said that unless he sees the potential to add a new layer to the narrative, he does not resume the project.
“Listen, there are movies that come out in multiple dubbed versions that audiences like to watch. But as a filmmaker, if I don’t see the potential for a story that I can put in another region and reach the target audience for better, I will not make the movie or the series. I will not make a remake that is only a copy of the original.”
“Even though ‘Chhorii’ was a remake of ‘Lapachhapi’, they are different. Even though ‘Criminal Justice’ was a remake of a British web series of the same name, I Indianized the version. My aim is to impress fans of the original while expanding to new audiences,” Vishal signed off.
“Forensic”, also featuring Prachi Desai, Rohit Roy, Subrata Dutta, Vindu Dara Singh – premieres on ZEE5 on June 24.