Kollywood remakes ‘Main Hoon Na’

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The Kollywood remake of Main Hoon Na hits the screens of Chennai this Diwali. Called Aegan, it stars Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara. The final song for the movie has just been completed in the Swiss Alps: “The movie’s screenplay has been altered slightly to suit Tamil sentiments and sensibility,” said a spokesman for the producers, “The post-production work is simultaneously underway to meet the release schedule.”

Farah Khan’s original Main Hoon Na was a stand-out Shah Rukh Khan movie, which also gave good roles to Sushmita Sen, Sunil Shetty, Zayad Khan and Amrita Rao. It’s essentially the story of an army major (SRK) and his efforts to thwart a terrorist (Sunil) — but of course it’s much more than that. It becomes deeply personal when the terrorist kills the major’s father. The major is also given a quest by his dying father to find his step-brother and step-mother in Darjeeling and to protect them from the terrorist. There then follows a brilliant segment of the film where SRK pretends to be a student at the college and has to face up to all the trials and tensions (including Rakhi Sawant) of college life. But the terrorist eventually finds them at the college and then…

Nayanthara, who is Syrian Orthodox, is one of the most well-established actresses in the South. She worked with Ajith before in the very successful Billa and also appeared in Ghajini, Boss, E, Kuselan and Sathyam. Her real name is Diana and she was asked why she chose the name Nayanthara: “I wanted a name, which nobody would have in any state,” she explained, “Secondly I should not be identified with any state. The name should be universal. All the same I am a Keralite. My father’s name is Suriyan and mother’s name is Omana.”

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