Bhaskar, an aggressive businessman, is all bravado and no manners. A role tailor-made for Mammootty, the stylish single dad could easily keep the BO happy. And when Bhaskar talks Tamil, it’s Arvind Swamy who steps into the shoes of the boorish hero, paired opposite the lovely Amala Paul. The film is all about how two incompatible persons are thrown together and the drama that ensues.
Siddique says the remake titled Bhaskar Oru Rascal is high on freshness quotient and is not a carbon copy of its Malayalam original. “But the most important aspect will be high-voltage action. If Malayalam has a very soft and delightful tempo, here we have gone for a more action-oriented format. Though the core story remains the same, the screenplay of the second half will be different.” He adds that the element of humour is retained in Tamil as well, handled by Parotta Soori, Robo Shankar and Ramesh Khanna. “It will be an action-packed entertainer with generous dollops of drama and humour,” he says.
Arvind Swamy, the ultimate romantic icon of the 90s, went for a drastic image makeover in his second innings. Siddique says the new, rough-and-rugged image of the actor is what made him rope in Swamy. “But, again, there is something different in store. He will be playing a loveable rascal, something totally different from his villains and characters with streaks of grey,” he says.
The two child artists, played by Sanoop and Anikha, had key roles in the original and Siddique says he could come up with equally talented ones in Tamil as well.
“It’s Raghavan and Theri fame Nainika who will play Arvind’s son and Amala’s daughter in the film.” Apart from Chennai, Kolkata will be another main location of Bhaskar Oru Rascal. The film, produced by Murugan under the banner of Harshini movies, is expected to hit the screens in August.