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Last Updated 15.11.2018 | 10:59 PM IST
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Karan Johar buys the remake rights of Nagarjuna’s Oopiri

Even as the latest Telugu blockbuster Oopiri with Nagarjuna in the lead creates waves across Andhra Pradesh and beyond, news comes that Bollywood’s biggest producer-acquisitioner Karan Johar has purchased the rights for the Hindi remake.


Interestingly, Oopiri is a remake of the French film The Intouchables about the warm camaraderie that develops between a wheelchair bound billionaire and his male caretaker.


Speaking exclusively, two days after the film’s release, Nagarujna says, “I am so glad that Oopiri and its Tamil version Thozha have been so warmly accepted .We wanted the film to be seen as a celebration of life. We wanted the audience to appreciate the gift of life and to understand how valuable every moment is. This, we’ve achieved. I couldn’t ask for more.”


It was Nag’s lovely wife Amala who had seen The Intouchables first, and recommended it to her husband. “Like all good things in my life, Oopiri also happened because of my wife,” quips Nag.


Nag says the film’s theme must be taken to Hindi audiences. “I am really happy Karan Johar has bought remake rights. Would I be in the Hindi film? I don’t know. That’s up to Mr Johar. I am just happy to have done the two versions in Telugu and Tamil. Our message has connected with the audience. For me that is important. After so many years of acting I need to do work that the audience can take home from the movie theatre.”

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