Filmmaker Badri Venkatesh is planning a remake of the 1978 cult classic Aval Appadithan, which had Kamal Haasan and Sripriya in the lead roles with superstar Rajinikanth playing a key role.
According to reports, Shruti Haasan is likely to play the role of Manju, made memorable by Sripriya. Names of Simbu and Dulquer Salmaan to play Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan’s characters, respectively, are also doing the rounds.
“I am a huge fan of the film and I believe Manju’s (Sripriya’s character in the film) story and her opinions about women liberation still hold a lot of relevance. While I wouldn’t deviate much from the film’s soul, the new script would be fresh and will be my way of presenting these themes,” says Badri Venkatesh.
The ball was set rolling when Badri casually discussed the idea with Shruti, with whom he worked on the talkshow, Hello Sago. “She was really interested and was a perfect choice. Knowing her as a person, I knew she could pull it off,” says Badri.
Aval Appadithan (transl. That is how she is) is a 1978 Indian Tamil-language drama 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 M.G.R. 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 Diwali 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 P. 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.