Zee Studio-Essel Vision enters into unprecedented deal with Rockline Production for the Telugu and Tamil remake of Sairat

By Manishaa R

Even as the Marathi blockbuster Sairat inches towards the Rs 100 crore mark at the box-office, with its latest figure tally at Rs 85. 5 crores, the makers have now struck an unprecedented deal with a leading south maker and exhibitor, Rockline Venkatesh to remake the film in Telugu and Tamil. Venkatesh who has made 38 films under his banner Rockline Productions and had also co- produced the Salman Khan starrer, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, besides the Rajnikant starrer, Linga, will now be co-producing the film in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malyalam with Essel Vision. Says Nittin Keni, “We received several offers from producers in the south but we chose to go with Mr Venkatesh. He is a top producer in the south and he has a great insight into the process of film- making. We were in talks with him since the past many weeks. He was very convinced that this was the kind of film he wanted to make in the south, particularly Tamil and Telugu. He’s completely aware of all the nuances of the film too. This film will also mark Zee Studio-Essel Vision’s foray into the south industry.” When contacted Rockline Venkatesh confirmed the news, “We would be partnering the making of the film in four languages-Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malyalam.” Venkatesh recalls how he was impressed when he saw the film for the first time, “It was a memorable film from the word go. I was amazed about how the story unfolded and a relatively new cast had given some of the best performances in the film.” Like the original, Venkatesh is planning to cast fresh faces for the film. According to both Venkatesh and Keni, the budget of the film will be formidable. Meanwhile Sairat has now acquired the distinction of being the biggest grosser in any language in Maharashtra. Says Keni, “It has beaten the records of all language films in Maharashtra including The Jungle Book and Baahubali Keni reveals. It is bigger than any other film in Maharashtra, followed by only PK in Maharashtra,” Keni reveals. The film is now entering its seventh week run and is scheduled to complete 50 days next week.

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