While Sandalwood is known for remakes, evidently highlighting the lack of original scripts, one film which made all the right noises during its making and even after its release, thereby setting an example for the industry was Pawan Kumar’s Lucia. The film which received immense acclaim, has now been remade in Tamil as Enakkul Oruvan starring Siddharth and Kannada girl, Deepa Sannidhi, thus spurring on other directors and scriptwriters to come into their own.
While he is proud of his creation, Pawan dissects Enakkul Oruvan for City Express. “Firstly, it was very strange that Lucia in which we invested two whole years of our life was remade by somebody else,” he says.
According to Pawan, the makers of the Tamil version have tried to bring out another shade of the film. “Our film had a complete different take, but the remake has a dream like quality to it and has also brought in some confusion with flashback sequences. When I made Lucia, I thought it was an experimental film while Enakkul Oruvan might be a commercial take. But when I watched the film on the day it released, I felt that they have experimented with the film more than us,” he says.
Pawan also observes that in the remake, they have replaced some scenes. “There were some scenes which were included in our story after a lot of thinking, but they have not considered them. On the other hand, our casual takes were taken seriously by them. I think they have tried to recreate the film with a difference. I don’t know whether they were effective. But, from what I gauged from the audience reaction, I think, the Tamil version would pick up, the same way as the original. Overall, Siddharth’s performance has been appreciated and he comes across as two different people,” says the director.
Talking about his next venture, C10 H14 N2, which is now in the pre-production stage, Pawan states that another reason he waited for the remake of Lucia to release was to know the universal appeal of his subject. “Now I feel that I should do my film in more than two languages. After seeing the remake of Lucia, I felt we ourselves could have made the film in other languages. Since my next film is made on a bigger budget, instead of somebody else doing it, we are thinking of making it in other languages. Right now we plan to make it in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu,” he says.
Currently, Pawan is on the lookout for his main characters. “We have to see who else can fit the bill. Since, we have very few young actors in Sandalwood today and most of them are busy, we might go for a newcomer. We can’t consider an established actor because scheduling becomes a problem. The whole process might take a month, before I announce the cast,” he signs off.