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As Indian content goes global, ‘Drishyam’ to be made in Korean

New Delhi, 22-May-2023, By IBW Team

As Indian content goes global, ‘Drishyam’ to be made in Korea

At a time when Korean content and pop music is conquering the world, including India, a bit of reverse osmosis too has started happening. Not only Indian content is going global, thanks to the OTT platforms, but local franchises too are being contemplated.

And, Malyalam hit movie ‘Drishyam’ (helmed by Mohanlal in the lead role), which has been remade in several Indian languages, including Hindi, is one such example.

Indian production banner Panorama Studios and Anthology Studios from South Korea yesterday announced a partnership for the remake of the ‘Drishyam’ franchise in Korea.

The announcement, according to a PTI report, was made at the India Pavilion during the ongoing Canned Film Festival by the studios with their respective heads Kumar Mangat Pathak and Jay Choi in attendance.

‘Drishyam’, the Malayalam crime thriller, follows Georgekutty (Mohanlal) and his family, who come under suspicion when Varun Prabhakar, the son of the IG Geetha Prabhakar, goes missing. The 2013 movie was written and directed by Jeethu Joseph.

The success of the film led to remakes and sequels in four Indian languages: ‘Drishya’ (2014) in Kannada, ‘Drushyam’ (2014) in Telugu, ‘Papanasam’ (2015) in Tamil, and ‘Drishyam’ (2015) in Hindi, which had a sequel in 2022 called ‘Drishyam2’.

According to the makers, the project marks the first time a Hindi film is being officially remade in the Korean language. Pathak, who has acquired multiple language rights for ‘Drishyam’, said he is looking forward to taking the film franchise to South Korea.

“I’m excited that the ‘Drishyam’ franchise is being made in Korean, a first for a Hindi film. This will not only increase its reach outside India but will also put Hindi cinema on the global map. All these years, we have been inspired by Korean fare, and now they have found a muse in one of our films. What can be a bigger achievement for the Indian film fraternity,” the producer said in a statement.

Choi, who co-founded Anthology Studios with ‘Parasite’ star Song Kang-ho and acclaimed director Kim Jee-woon, said he is excited about the collaboration.

“We are thrilled to have an opportunity to remake a massively successful Hindi film with a touch of originality from Korean cinema. And the remake has greater significance as the first major co-production between Korea and India. Through our partnership, we will be able to bring the best of both Indian and Korean cinema and make a meaningful remake that is as excellent as the original,” Choi added.

US-based Jack Nguyen, former Warner Bros executive, will serve as executive producer on the Korean remake of ‘Drishyam’. Nguyen has worked with Pathak on the WB-produced comedy ‘Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge’ and with Choi in the critically-acclaimed blockbuster drama ‘Age of Shadows’ starring Song.

“I have history with and the utmost respect for these highly-regarded producers so it was a natural fit for me to bring them together to collaborate on a great story in ‘Drishyam’. I’m excited to help them make history with this first-of-its-kind Indian-Korean co-production,” added Nguyen.


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