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Kiara Advani on making Hindi remakes of South Indian films: ‘I would think carefully before shooting such a film.’

Kiara Advani

Kiara Advani is Preeti in Kabir Singh, the Hindi version of Arjun Reddy in Telugu, earned a lot of praise.

Kiara Advani is one of today’s most popular options for filmmakers. The actor, who has lately acted in superhit Hindi films such as Lust Stories, Kabir Singh, and Shershaah, has also completed a Telugu film. While Kiara had previously been a part of a remake, she now believes that she would think twice about doing remakes in the future since most of the films are now accessible on various streaming platforms for audiences to view.

When asked whether we would see fewer Hindi remakes of successful South titles considering how well the dubbed versions of the originals are doing, the actor said, “I don’t agree with the idea that Bollywood is relying on South for the material.” I get the impression that a little film that is a hidden treasure that is done in a language that has the potential to reach a larger audience is more likely to be made in that language (may not reach a pan-Indian audience). Because Hindi is so widely spoken in our nation, you wonder, “Why not create this film for a broader audience?”

While Kiara believes she should reconsider attempting a straight reproduction of a film, she is open to creating an adaptation instead.

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In an interview, she says, “I did Kabir Singh before there was OTT.” Of course, I’d do Kabir Singh with my eyes closed today, but I’d think twice about doing a remake if it was accessible on an OTT platform and I felt I could watch it. I watch a lot of dubbed films as well as films in other languages. But (I’m fine with it) if there’s an adaptation where we’re taking the story, but making a few changes in the storyline (to make it more accessible to the audience who hasn’t seen it), because, at the end of the day, the point is to see how many people who haven’t seen the film, and bring it to a larger audience. I don’t believe Bollywood supports that; I believe it is just about bringing a wonderful tale to a broader audience.”

Kiara will appear with Kartik Aaryan and Tanu in Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which is set to hit theatres on May 20.