Salman to work in ‘Dookudu’ remake?

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2011, 11:44 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: When Diwali is around the corner it’s obvious to have Bollywood`s big projects waiting to hit the theatres. But one film from the South industry is already creating a buzz in India and abroad. Actor Mahesh Babu`s Telugu film ‘Dookudu’ has already been declared as a smash hit in its first week itself.

Apparently looking at its success, the Salman Khan camp is already eyeing the idea of its remake in Hindi soon.

‘Dookudu’ has minted a whooping Rs. 30 crore so far. It has banked a tremendous sum of 82,000 dollars at a multiplex in Virginia, the only film to surpass its collections is Brad Pitt’s ‘Moneyball’.

As reported by a daily, Kona Venkat, who worked on ‘Ready’ in Telugu and Hindi, and is also associated with Anees Bazmee`s ‘No Entry’ sequel and Sohail Khan`s ‘Sher Khan’, confirms the same. "Sreenu, who directed ‘Ready’ in Telugu, is keen to remake Dookudu in Hindi with Salmanbhai.

In fact, the lead character`s heroism suits Salman bhai perfectly. We won`t need to make alterations for the Hindi version," he said.

He added that their entire team was aware that the ‘Dabangg’ star would do the remake.

"Even Mahesh Babu said that Salman bhai would be the best actor for the Hindi version," he further revealed.

Though the Telugu version of ‘Dookudu’ cost filmmakers a total of 35 crores to make, the estimated budget for the hindi version of the film with the ‘Bodyguard’ star has been pegged at 60 crores.

However the problem is that the lead protagonist in the Telugu film is a cop and Salman is not keen on another cop role at the moment.

"Salman bhai isn`t keen on another policeman role before the Dabangg sequel," explained Venkat.

He said he is waiting for the actor, currently in Mumbai, to take a call after watching ‘Dookudu’. He further states that if the producer and director decide to wait till ‘Dabangg 2’ is ready, then there should be no reason for Salman to decline the movie.

Ever since Mahesh Babu`s film released, Bollywood producers and actors are vying for the remake rights, which is believed to be over Rs 3 crore. But till Salman makes up his mind, everything on the remake has been put on hold.