Whenever a film-maker attempts a remake of a successful film, the first thing he would look for is that there shouldn’t be any objection/negative remark about his effort from the maker of the original version. If the remake version is appreciated and lauded by the original film-maker, there is nothing like it. Badri, the director of Thillu Mullu, is literally on ‘Cloud Nine’ after KB’s appreciation of his efforts.
K. Balachander, the winner of the prestigious ‘Dada Saheb Phalke award’ and many other awards, made superstar Rajinikanth, Madhavi and Kamal Haaasan (in a cameo) starrer Thillu Mullu in 1981. It was a remake of the Bollywood film Gol Maal which had Amol Palekar in the lead. Rajini’s Thillu Mullu turned out to be a super-duper hit and is now remade after a 32-year long interval.
Talking to newsmen after watching Badri’s remake, K Balachander said “I should admit that the film is very different and the changes made (in the script) by the director are modern and enjoyable. The film has turned out to be a commercial hit to be enjoyed by all sections of the audiences. I’m happy about it and music is also nice. Siva has given a wonderful performance indeed.
“I must congratulate Badri for making it without it appearing in anyway close to the original version though the main theme is from it. I would love to personally wish all the technicians and artistes who have worked in the film,” said K Balachander . Trade circles have predicted that Thillu Mullu, which released last Friday, might end up as a hit if the audiences’ interest is sustained for two more weeks.