Maharaja Remake

Remakes have been doing terribly across the film industry in the post-pandemic OTT era. No one is ready to waste their time seeing a movie whose original is better and readily available on OTT in the language one prefers.

The disastrous fate of Jersey, Laxmii, Bachchan Paandey, Selfiee, Shehzada, Bholaa, Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, Bholaa Shankar, Godfather, is a testimony to this fact.

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Well, there have been some exceptions like Drishyam 2 and Shaitaan.

Ajay Devgan’s success with Drishyam 2 can be attributed to its established franchise status and the cultural impact of its predecessor. Similarly, Shaitaan found its audience due to the unavailability of its original Gujarati version online.

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The tag of ‘remake’ for any film often sets a negative tone from the outset, impacting audience reception negatively.

Now, there are discussions about Bollywood considering a remake of Vijay Sethupathi’s recent hit Maharaja. While Maharaja is undoubtedly an exciting film, its magic and impact may not translate effectively into Hindi, especially under Bollywood directors.

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Despite being released only in Tamil and Telugu, Maharaja has drawn interest from North Indian audiences who are watching its Tamil version with subtitles in theaters.

The film will soon be accessible on OTT platforms with subtitles, broadening its reach among Hindi-speaking viewers who have been already influenced by its positive reception down south. They are waiting to watch it as soon as it drops on OTT.

We would soon see how remakes are going to fall flat once again with Sarfira and Khel Khel Mein both starring Akshay Kumar.

So there’s no point in remaking Maharaja in Bollywood. It would be a blunder.