Whenever a South Indian film starring versatile actors like Kamal Haasan, Rajnikanth, Mohanlal or Mahesh Babu is remade into Hindi with top notch Bollywood actors, it is frequently observed that the South Indian superstars have always stolen the action and have had an upper edge over their Bollywood counterparts.
Remember Vinod Khanna in DAYAVAN, remake of Kamal Haasan’s NAYAKAN; Anil Kapoor in EESHWAR, remake of Kamal Haasan’s SWATHI MUTHYAM, Arjun Kapoor in TEVAR, remake of Telugu film OKKADU, starring superstar Mahesh Babu etc. The recently released Ajay Devgn starrer DRISHYAM is also the best example.
DRISHYAM which is a remake of the South superstar Mohanlal’s Malayalam blockbuster by the same name, written and director, Jeethu Joseph. The same movie has also been remade into Tamil as PAPANASAM by Jeethu Joseph with Kamal Haasan in the lead role.
While both Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan have won the hearts of the cine buffs and critics alike by their mindboggling poignant performances alas Ajay Devgan fails to recapture the versatility of his South equivalents.
What is amazing is that these so-called Bollywood Superstar candidly acknowledge too that the South Stars are better than them.
In an interview Ajay frankly accepted, “Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan are fabulous actors and veterans. I'm not scared if people come and tell me that they're better actors because I know there are.”
However what is painful is that instead of learning from them Ajay Devgan has just discarded these veterans quoting, “I am not afraid of Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan because I have no fear from them. They are not my not my contemporaries and I'm not competing with them.”
Ajay Devgan makes this statement so effortlessly that as if Mohanlal and Kamal Haasan would have been his contemporaries and if he had to compete with them then he would have sharpened his skills and easily outscored the two legendary maestros with his histrionics!!!
One wonders why these Bollywood stars make such lame excuses if they do not have the ability to stand in front of such legends.