Amitabh Bachchan lends voice to South Indian remakes of Queen
The remakes in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam are respectively titled Paris Paris, Butterfly, That is Mahalakshmi and Zam Zam
Ramesh Aravind adds zing to his Queen remakes with a special song. This particular pub track is doubly special for, it has the remix version of a popular track, Sukaviva Surapaanam ede Swarga Samanam of Master Hirannaiah’s play - Devadasi, which was performed on stage, and the last four lines, which are in English are in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan.
Ramesh Aravind tells us about how the legendary actor came into the picture. “There is a pub song in the original and I was looking for a right parallel when I came across this song which Master Hirannaih had in his play, Devadasi. Though it is a drama that was staged around 40 years ago, I felt it was modern. So I recommended that song to the producers, who in turn got the lyric rights from Master Hirannaih, and it was re-tuned by Amit Trivedi, the music director of the film. When we were thinking about who would be the best fit to render the voice for the last four lines, I mentioned Amitabh Bachchan’s name. I thought there is no better icon who can add weight to the song. The producers, who thought it was a great idea, reached out to him and the legendary actor was kind enough to do this for us,” explains Ramesh, adding that the track will be placed in all four languages.
He feels doubly lucky as two of his projects have the presence of Amitabh. “I was the writer of Amrithadhare, which was directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, and it featured a special appearance from Amitabh. And this film, which I am directing in two languages - Kannada and Telugu - too has the actor rendering his deep voice,” he mentions.
Made under the banner Mediente International Films Ltd, Butterfly, the Kannada remake of Queen, features Parul Yadav, while Kajal Agarwal stars in the Tamil version, Paris Paris, Manjima Mohan plays the lead in the Malayalam version, Zam Zam, and Telugu version, titled That is Mahalakshmi, has Tamannaah Bhatia.
With Satya Hegde as the cameraman for Kananda and Tamil, Ramesh has completed the post production, and the director and his team are now working out logistics to release the film simultaneously in all four languages.