Soorarai Pottru: Madras High Court lifts ban on Hindi remake
The film's co-producer Sikhya Entertainment had filed a stay order against 2D Entertainment and Abundantia Entertainment
In July this year, it was announced that the much-acclaimed Suriya-starrer will be remade in Hindi with Sudha Kongara, who helmed the original, set to direct the remake as well. However, the film's co-producer Guneet Monga, on behalf of Sikhya Entertainment, had filed an injunction application claiming that the producers had not considered them for the remake. They claimed the commitments in the original agreement were not fulfilled by 2D Entertainment and Abundantia Entertainment. Following this, the Madras High Court had ordered a stay on the Hindi remake and asked the parties to sort out the issue in a friendly manner. This ban has now been lifted.
Soorarai Pottru, starring Suriya and Aparna Balamurali, was released in November 2020, and was a dramatised version of the book Simply Fly, written on the life of Capt GR Gopinath.
According to sources, 2D Entertainment pleaded that it had paid Sikhya Entertainment a huge sum for facilitating the acquisition of the rights of Simply Fly from Captain Gopinath, apart from the actual rights money paid by 2D Entertainment. With the ban lifted, the development of the Hindi remake can be expected to resume soon.
Notably, Soorarai Pottru won the Best Film award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, which was held last month. Suriya too won the award for the best actor at the festival. Apart from being a big success locally, Soorarai Pottru was also screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival, 78th Golden Globe Awards, and the Academy Awards 2020. The film is also reported to be the most-watched regional language film in the history of Amazon Prime Video in India.