The Tamil movie KATHTHI starring Tamil Superstar Vijay and directed by AR Murugadoss, who directed Aamir Khan Starrer GHAJINI in Bollywood, is the new South movie that is being eyed by Bollywood filmmakers for its remake rights. Reports have it that Bollywood top stars Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are in race to garb the lead character essayed by Vijay in the original.
Despite tough competition from Shah Rukh Khan’s multi starrer HAPPY NEW YEAR, KATHTHI opened in South Cinema to packed houses last week. According to trade pundits the Vijay and Samantha starrer hit the bull’s eye on day one itself as the movie became the highest grosser as it collected Rs. 36 crore in just five days in Tamil Nadu, a record not matched by even superstars like Rajinikanth nor Kamal Haasan!
Besides India, KATHTHI has also set new trend at the box office collections in the International market! Reports revel that KATHTHI has grossed £40,000 during its opening days in the UK and by the end of the week, the movie collected a total of £222, 526. Thus making Vijay the numero uno star as KATHTHI suppressed the box office collection of south mega stars like Rajinikanth's SIVAJI and Ajith's ARRAMBAM. In fact Vijay has out beaten his own record as KATHTHI has broken record collection of his own movies like JILLA and THUPPAKI.
KATHTHI is commercial potboiler with elements of action and a message exposing the corrupt system. Thus the movie is ideal for Bollywood too. Insiders from Bollywood claim the movie is apt for Salman Khan looking at his action image but some feel Akshay Kumar is ideal as he is at his peak.
What is most interesting is that Shah Rukh Khan, who till now has never shown any penchant for South remake is being wooed as filmmakers. Filmmakers believe that the movie will prove a gold mine if Shah Rukh Khan plays the lead because of his mass appeal and his star status will give a tremendous impetus to the film.