Akshay to star in Hindi remake of 'Jatt and Juliet'

Akshay Kumar has been riding the success wave this year with “Rowdy Rathore”, “OMG Oh my God” and “Khiladi 786”; barring “Joker” which he even refused to promote.

News regarding what can be his next venture for the coming year is that the Punjabi language film “Jatt and Juliet” that became a smash-hit might be remade.

The rights of its remake have been secured by the duo of Himesh Reshammiya and Rakesh Upadhyay who produced “Khiladi 786”. Thus it is being speculated that the obvious choice as its male lead would be Akshay Kumar.

The film lies in the romance genre. The original Punjabi film had Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa play the lead roles. The male lead played a bucolic from Punjab whereas the female lead was a polished fashion designer. They keep crossing paths in Canada that lead to their romance.

This Punjabi film had been in the news for long for being adapted in Hindi and finally Himesh and Rakesh have made it possible. The Hindi adaptation of this film will be directed by the director of the original- Anurag Singh. The film’s shoot will start next year.

When Rakesh Upadhyay was approached for a confirmation on this news he validated it but refrained from saying anything about its cast. He said, “At the moment, I wouldn`t like to comment on the cast. But yes, Himesh and I are going ahead with two projects. One of them is a thriller and the other is the remake of `Jatt & Juliet`. The Punjabi film was also produced by Himesh and me. We`ll do the remake on a much more lavish scale. But the basic plot of `Jatt & Juliet` is so endearing it needs no embellishment in Hindi."

When he was asked about Akshay being a part of this project, this is what he had to say, “We`ve just delivered a film that has been immensely liked. So Himesh, Akshay and I would definitely not like to break the team. Like I said, until all the formalities are completed it would be unwise to talk about the casting.”

He also stated that he and Himesh are keen on continuing their partnership as producers in the industry. He said, “After Khiladi 786, Himesh has 10 hardbound scripts ready. We’re both workaholics. We`ll continue to collaborate on mass-entertainment films. We want to make the kind of films that make people smile and laugh."