Even before Vijay Deverakonda’s ‘Dear Comrade’ made a silver screen landing. K.Jo aka Karan Johar acquired its Hindi version rights. And he made this deal official with a formal announcement on social media. Filmmakers also gave a stop to all rumors by making it clear that casting process has yet to begin.
As per a Bollywood Hungama report, Karan paid a wholesome amount to acquire the rights.
A source shared with Bollywood Hungama,
“Along with Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Vijay Galani were also bidding. But KJo got the rights as he agreed to pay Rs 6 crore. The other producers decided to back out on hearing this figure.”
This source added,
“Also, KJo has been friends with Vijay and that must have also helped. No remake rights of a South film have ever been sold for such an amount. Not even of commercial and family entertainers like Temper (remade as Simmba) or Muni 2: Kanchana (being remade as Laxmmi Bomb).”
This source further shared,
“Vijay Deverakonda was the lead in Arjun Reddy, the film which catapulted him to stardom. Kabir Singh was the remake of this film. Vijay is also the lead in Dear Comrade and this film seems a bit in the Arjun Reddy zone. The Dear Comrade trailer indicates that Vijay is the brash, impulsive college student who falls for a girl and then suffers an extreme heartbreak. Hence, both films have an uncanny resemblance. The producers of Bollywood realized that if Kabir Singh can earn close to Rs 277 crore, that too with Shahid Kapoor, then Dear Comrade’s Hindi remake will also have the potential to score big.”
In other words, Karan wants to repeat the history.
There were rumors that Vijay Deverakonda was offered the job of male lead in the Hindi version by Karan Johar, but former refused.
These were Vijay’s exact words in a sitting with Film Companion,
“Because I didn’t want to become Hindi film hero, I wanted to become an actor, tell stories, and I feel no point in telling the same stories twice. I spend so much energy on a film I do it… I can’t redo entire emotions…It’s not exciting for me because I know the scenes. I wouldn’t want to waste six months doing the same.”