The relentless march of South Indian films being remade in Hindi continues unabated with Akshay Kumar becoming the latest beneficiary of it. For the last few days Bollywood has been asking the question “Who is Bachchan Pandey?” People are asking each other about the identity of this colourfully named person Bachchan Pandey. So is Bachchan Pandey a bird, a plane, Superman or a Bollywood hero? Don’t worry, we will tell you all we know about this much talked about person Bachchan Pandey right here. Here are a few details from Bachchan Pandey’s wiki.
“Bachchan Pandey” Wiki
The name of Bachchan Pandey was first heard in the year 2008 where it was a character played by popular star Akshay Kumar in the big flop movie Tashan. Despite the initial hype the movie bombed at the box-office, a rare miss for Yash Chopra Productions. Now this name has been resurrected with Akshay Kumar playing a character which goes by the name Bachchan Pandey yet again. Guess what the name of this new movie is? No prizes for guessing! It’s Bachchan Pandey! Aren’t you confused with all this name games being played in Bollywood?
Raiding the South Indian Film Industry
The real story is not so confusing. Bachchan Pandey is the official Hindi remake of the hit Tamil film Veeram which was originally released in the year 2014 and did blockbuster business in the South. In the Tamil film the hero, a kind hearted villager, clashes with the enemies of his fiancee’s father in order to protect their family. In the Hindi version Akshay Kumar essays this role with lots of panache, style and rustic humour. The Hindi version Bachchan Pandey stars Kriti Sanon as his love interest and the movie is being written and directed by Farhad Samji.
A Promising Writer & Director
Farhad Samji is basically a dialogue and story writer and has worked on movies like Singham, Singham Returns, Housefull 2, Chennai Express, Dilwale, Housefull 3, Simmba. Some of his films currently under production include Baaghi 3, Laxmmi Bomb, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and of course Bachchan Pandey. The movie is being produced by one of the most prolific production houses in India, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. It’s a big production and a lot is riding on the people associated with this film especially Akshay Kumar.
There has been speculation about the origins of Bachchan Pandey with many people asking the question “Is it inspired by a true story?” The answer is no. As mentioned earlier Bachchan Pandey is a remake of the Tamil film Veeram originally released in 2014. There has also been some controversy regarding Bachchan Pandey’s release date with Bollywood worrying about the potential box-office clash between Bachchan Pandey and the much awaited Aamir Khan film Laal Singh Chaddha.
Clash of the Titans
Bachchan Pandey was supposed to be released on Christmas December 25, 2020, but then reports came that this was the date of release of Laal Singh Chaddha as well. Two big movies starring two of Bollywood’s biggest stars releasing on the same day is a nightmare that both the producers and Bollywood wanted to avoid at any cost. Then Aamir Khan requested the producers of Bachchan Pandey to postpone the release of their film from December 25 to some other date to avoid this gigantic clash. Seeing the economic sense in this request the producers of Bachchan Pandey agreed and have now decided that the release date will be January 22, 2021. Can you hear Bollywood’s deep sigh of relief?
A Long Wait Ahead
So after all this confusion the facts are clear now. Bachchan Pandey will get released on January 22, 2021, and is not based on a true story as believed earlier. Akshay Kumar has a slew of films getting ready for release but none as eagerly awaited as Bachchan Pandey which is carrying good advance reports. In the current wisdom of Bollywood you just can’t go wrong with a Tamil remake! Any doubts, contact the producers of Kabir Singh who laughed all the way to the proverbial bank!