No sooner had the teaser for Nagarjuna’s forthcoming film, Manmadhudu 2 released than the critics and film enthusiasts began their guessing game. While some guessed Manmadhudu 2 to be a remake of the Hollywood Mel Gibson–Helen Hunt-starrer What Women Want, others presumed the romantic entertainer to be an official remake of the French film, Prete-Moi Ta Main. Now, sources close to the film unit have confirmed that the film is indeed an official remake of a foreign film. However, the filmmakers are yet tight-lipped over its plot. According to one of our sources, “The filmmakers have kept the name of the original under wraps and don’t want to reveal it as they worry that the audience might watch the movie with pre-conceived notions. And they are apprehensive that the film will be judged much before they see it onscreen.”
But no matter where the story has been “inspired” from, we understand that more than 80 per cent of the screenplay has been modified to suit local sensibilities. “Director Rahul Ravindran has given a completely new spin to the film’s plot. From screenplay to characterisations, everything has got a makeover,” adds the source.