Remakes like GHAJINI, READY, BODYGUARD, SINGHAM and WANTED have created history at the box-office. Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn climbed greater heights of success with these blockbuster films. Even today, the trend of remakes is in full flow with KICK that stars Salman Khan and SON OF SARDAR, remake of MARYADA RAMANNA, which stars Ajay Devgn.
But there is one film that Bollywood stars seem to have missed. And that is PAIYA, another potential pot of gold for Bollywood with love from the South. The reason behind keeping Bollywood stars away from this big project is because director Linguswamy was waiting for South superstar Surya to play the lead in the Hindi version. However, since Surya is still stuck with his Tamil assignments (he has acted in the original films which were later remade in Hindi- SINGHAM, GAJINI to name a few), Linguswamy has moved on to do four Tamil films with UTV.
But, now that Surya is busy with his Tamil films, Bollywood superstars can make the most of the opportunity. Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have been successful whenever it came to remakes. Ajay Devgn also stands a chance to grab a role in PAIYA, a super hit film that made over Rs. 50 crore business in Tamil with 20 crore overseas and over 20 crore for its Telugu version AWAARA.
Written and directed by N. Linguswamy, PAIYA is about the interesting journey of a young couple. A beautiful young woman who is an IT employee asks a jobless, happy-go-lucky man to escort her from Bangalore to Mumbai. The man incidentally is in love with her. The film revolves around the various obstacles that the couple faces during their trip, some bitter-sweet experiences and the manner in which they bond together during the journey - a typical story that has the potential to become a successful film in Bollywood.
Grapevine has it that Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were also cast for this film by Director Linguswamy but post their break-up, the on-screen jodi aspirations came to an end as well.
Now, the biggest question that arises is that who will be the next Jodi in PAIYA? It is said that the mighty Khans are said to be potential contenders for the lead role as makers are checking out the film with them in mind as well.