Filmmaker Sekhar Kammula, who is remaking Hindi Blockbuster Kahaani in Telugu as Anamika, says it is always challenging to remake a hit film in any language as it requires adapting to local sensibilities.
"When you're doing a frame-to-frame copy then a remake might be
easy to execute but adapting a remake to local sensibilities is
always a challenge, irrespective of the language it is being made
in. Anaamika is not a frame-to-frame copy of the original, it has
been adapted to suit the local flavour," Kammula told IANS.
Nayantara reprises the role of Vidya Balan in
Anamika, which is shot in Hyderabad. "The film is made in
such a way that for all those who haven't watched the original, it
will appear as a different film. All those who have watched Kahaani
will also connect with Anamika as it is made keeping in
mind the local sensibilities," he said.
"I have made changes to ensure the audiences feel that the film
is different from the original in many ways," he added.
While Vidya Balan played a pregnant woman in search of her
missing husband in the original, Nayantara will not be playing a
pregnant character in Anamika.
"The film's premise is about the protagonist's search for her
missing husband. I didn't find the need to retain the pregnant part
because my film is not a frame-to-frame copy. Nayantara still had
to work hard in her role because she doesn't get to earn any
sympathy for being pregnant," added Kammula.
The film, produced by Endemol India, also features Harshvardhan
Rane, Vaibhav Reddy and Pasupathy in important roles.
Anaamika will be dubbed in Tamil and it is titled Nee
Enge En Anbe.