Vamsi Paidipally, who is making his Tamil directorial debut with Karthi-Nagarjuna starrer Thozha, has explained why he chose to remake The Intouchables, a French classic in his latest interview to Times of India.
"This movie (The Intouchables) had a great impact on me and I felt that this is the kind of film which could be adapted to our audience. The movie has a lot of French sensibilities and I knew the adaptation has to be made keeping our audience in mind," he has said.
Attributing the possibility of making the film a Tamil-Telugu bilingual to Karthi, Vamsi has said, "I managed 'Thozha' only because of Karthi. I am not very well versed with Tamil. I knew only about 25 per cent of the language when I started working on the project. However, I can now understand 70 per cent of Tamil. Nag sir and Tamannaah also made my job easier."
When asked about his Kollywood debut, the Telugu film-maker has come up with an honest answer, "It feels good to make debut in Kollywood. Karthi too is making his debut in Telugu with this project. Thozha is one film that is going to stay close to me even after a long time."
Terming the movie "unconventional", Vamsi has said the situations are usually morbid in the film, "The movie is very unconventional. The situation is morbid, but the atmosphere is hilarious. I went with that one line for the movie - a physically impaired billionaire and a socially disabled slumdog."
Thozha will be releasing in cinemas next Friday (March 25th) all over the world. The film is likely to have its world premiere a day in advance on March 24th.
The movie also stars Tamannaah, Prakash Raj, Vivek and Jayasudha in prominent roles. While Gopi Sunder has composed the music, PS Vinod is already being appreciated for his slick visuals, as flaunted in the recently released trailer.