In 2017, Mahesh Bhatt had announced the remake of his superhit film, Arth featuring Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Raj Kiran and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. The filmmaker's original released in 1982 and it was a path-breaking semi-biographical movie. Arth was later remade in Tamil as Marupadiyum (1993) by Balu Mahendra. It featured Revathy, Nizhalgal Ravi, Arvind Swami and Rohini in lead roles. While announcing the Hindi remake of his own movie, Mahesh had earlier tweeted, "Revathy to give new meaning to ARTH. Sharat Chandra is the architect of this enduring classic of mine."
And now if a report in Mumbai Mirror is to be believed then Jacqueline Fernandez has been apparently roped in to reprise the role of Smitha Patil in Arth remake. "Now, with that in place, the makers reached out to Jacqueline recently and she really liked both, the concept and her role. She is really excited to be a part of the remake of an iconic film like Arth and has given her verbal consent to the part but is yet to sign on the dotted line,” a source informed the leading daily.
However, an official announcement from the makers is awaited. We tried getting in touch with Jacqueline over text but our queries went unanswered before this story was published.
Meanwhile, Revathy, who is donning the director's hat for Arth remake, had earlier said, "I didn’t accept the offer immediately as Arth is not a film you can think of remaking, but after speaking to Bhatt Saab on Saturday, I was convinced that we can do it. However, this one is not a remake but a modern take on Arth."
For the unversed, Arth revolved around Pooja whose heart breaks when she finds out that her husband Inder has fallen in love with another woman Kavita. The film was ahead of its time as it showed that a woman doesn't need a man or marriage to feel secure and complete.
All said and done, here's hoping the makers announce the star cast of Arth remake, soon. As for Jacqueline, she will be reuniting with Salman Khan for Sajid Nadiadwala's Kick 2.
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