Suriya shocked fans last year with his film Soorarai Pottru, which was partially based on the biography of Air Deccan G R Gopinath. While the inspirational biography follows the lesser-known storey of the ace businessman, the film received a resounding reception when it was published digitally on Amazon Prime Video. Now it is said that Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will step up to play Suriya for Soorarai Pottru and not Shahid Kapoor. Read below to know complete details.
We can now officially state that a Hindi adaptation is in the works. The film’s producers have also opted to make a Hindi version. According to a source, “It’s a pan India film and the story needs to be witnessed by everyone. Because the makers (actor Suriya and Guneet Monga) have the rights to the biopic, they have now planned to go big with Akshay Kumar on board. Yes, they narrated the story to Akshay again and he loved it. He has already given his verbal nod to the project and the team is waiting to lock in on the dates and other modalities.”
As a result, Akshay Kumar will take over the place for Shahid Kapoor, who had been the original pick for the Hindi adaptation. “Apparently, Shahid loved the film but asked for a ridiculous remuneration which didn’t work at all for the makers. After several attempts at convincing Shahid, they gave up when he refused to budge from his Rs. 30 cr. plus fee and a certain profit share, as well. They have now decided to shoot with Akshay for a little over a month and wrap the shoot. Akshay, they feel, will have a bigger crowd pull and he is also a more bankable option,” further added the source.
After all, what was once Shahid’s loss is now Akshay Kumar’s gain. However, given that Akshay has signed or is in talks for almost a dozen other projects, we’re not sure when he’ll shoot this one.