R Madhavan's Saala Khadoos may not find much takers in Bollywood. However, the Tamil version, Irudhi Suttru, had got a lot of appreciation, mainly for the plot and the performances. So after appealing to the Tamil audiences, the movie is now getting a Telugu treatment, as it is all set to be remade by the same team, with a new leading hero. So instead of R Madhavan, we are having Daggubati Venkatesh (or Victory Venkatesh, as he is popularly known these days) in the load role, while Ritika Singh will continue to play the female lead. The film will directed by Sudha Kongara, the architect of the original as well.
The telugu remake is called Guru, and the first look of the film as well as Venkatesh's character in the film is out. We have to say, we are totally impressed with the physique Venkatesh has built up for the role, from whatever we can see in the posters. It shows that the veteran actor is willing to commit his body to more training to make sure he looks the role, something which even the original actor, R Madhavan, had done for the original. Also loved his salt and pepper beard and those killer shades. Venkatesh totally looks like a man who shouldn't be crossed with in the poster.
Any grouse? The absence of Ritika Singh is certainly surprising, since she is also equally important in the story. But then, perhaps the makers might have thought we have already seen how she will look like in both Tamil and Hindi versions.
Saala Khadoos/Irudhi Suttru is about a beleaguered women's boxing coach (played by R Madhavan) who is sent to Chennai to find potential candidates as a punishment transfer, and here he finds a potential boxing champion in an unlettered and very angry fisher-girl. He tries to tame her angry, wild side; the only problem he is equally unlikeable. Together they tries to keep apart their personal difference to work for a common cause, and they succeed for some time, till she begins to have feelings for him. Unlike Priyanka Chopra's Mary Kom, which was a biopic, Saala Khadoos/Irudhi Suttru is a fictional take on the rarely-explored sport of women's boxing, though the film shared many a similarity with Shah Rukh Khan's Chak De India.
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