Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru is all set for its Bollywood remake, with the director, Sudha Kongara, returning to helm the Hindi version. The film will be produced by Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment.
The cast of the film is yet to be revealed. The makers have not revealed who will play Suriya’s role in the Hindi version. In a statement, Suriya said, “The love and appreciation that was showered on Soorarai Pottru was unprecedented. From the minute I heard this story I felt this has to be a pan India film because of the soul of it as such. It gives me immense pleasure to partner with Abundantia Entertainment, who have always made quality content, to tell the inspiring story of Captain Gopinath in Hindi.”
The buzz is that several A-list names are on the makers’ consideration list to play Maara, the central character essayed by Suriya in the original. Names on top of the pile are Ajay Devgn, John Abraham, Akshay Kumar, and Hrithik Roshan. Hearsay is that these actors are the makers’ top choices for the central part, and subject to the availability of their dates, one of them will be finalised to play the lead.
Sudha Kongara added, “I was instantly drawn to the story of Soorarai Pottru, the story of Captain Gopinath, an adventurous maverick and an inspiring entrepreneur who epitomised the New India of the 90s. I’m grateful for all the love we have received so far and look forward to telling this unique and amazing story in Hindi. I hope this official Hindi remake also gets the same love as the original”.
Soorarai Pottru is inspired by the book Simply Fly: A Deccan Odyssey by G. R. Gopinath. The book chronicles the struggles and challenges faced by iconic entrepreneur G. R. Gopinath as he aspired to launch a low-cost air service in India. The film went directly to Amazon Prime during the pandemic. While Suriya’s decision initially caused some heartburn, the film was extremely well received on the streaming platform.