The latest buzz in Kollywood is that director Badri Venkatesh is planning to remake the cult classic ‘Aval Appadithan’ and Shruti Haasan is likely to play the role of Manju, made memorable by Sripriya.
According to sources, if things fall in place as expected, then Simbu aka STR and Dulquer Salmaan would play the characters played by Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, respectively. An official announcement is expected after the lockdown ends.
‘Aval Appadithan’ is a 1978 film directed by C Rudhraiya in his directorial debut, and co-written by him with Somasundareshwar. The film was produced by Ragamanjari in association with the MGR Government Film and Television Training Institute.
It stars Sripriya in the lead role with Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth in supporting roles, while Ilaiyaraaja composed the film’s music. The plot revolves around Manju (Sripriya) and the difficulties she faces in her life, due to her romantic relationships, resulting in her developing an aggressive and cynical nature towards men.
‘Aval Appadithan’ was released on 30 October 1978, on Deepavali day. Although the film received positive critical reception, it was not a box office success at the time of its release. However, the film began to develop an audience after directors Bharathiraja and Mrinal Sen commented positively about it. The film was noted for its stylish filmmaking, screenplay, and dialogue, a large portion of it being in English.