Thiagarajan to direct four remakes of 'Special 26'

Actor-filmmaker Thiagarajan is kicked about grabbing a 'golden opportunity' to direct the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada remakes of Bollywood film 'Special 26'.

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Thiagarajan to direct remakes of 'Special 26' in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. Pic/Santa Banta

'Special 26' production house has sold the remake rights of the film to Thiagarajan, who also has the remake rights of 'Queen'.

"This time, I grabbed the golden opportunity of remaking 'Special 26' in all four south Indian languages and I will have the honour of directing this mammoth movie in all four south Indian languages," Thiagarajan said in a statement.

He is glad that the movie has not just won'accolades, acclaim and awards', but also 'box office rewards'.

'Special 26' is based on a real life group of con artists that pulled off many clever robberies during the 1980s, and looted famous businessmen and politicians by pretending to be the CBI or income tax officers. Under the pretext of conducting raids, the con artists would take away all the black money hoarded by them.

Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Manoj Bajpayee, the film garnered critical as well as box office success.

The cast of the Tamil remake will see Prashant stepping into the shoes of Akshay Kumar, while Prakash Raj has been signed to play the role essayed by Manoj. Satyaraj will play Anupam Kher's part and the other cast members include Nasser, Shyaji Shinde, MS Baaskar, Rao Ramesh, Brahmaji and Thulasi.

Talking about the development of the remakes, Ajit Andhare, chief operating officer, of the production house, said, 'Special 26' is an intelligent entertainer. The film is based on true events which makes it universally appealing across languages. We're confident that our film will excite audiences in the South the same way that the original material did.

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