Bollywood loves remaking Hollywood hits, and perhaps no film has fascinated the local film biz quite like “The Godfather.”
Countless versions have been made, including regional takes in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages. Settings range from Mumbai’s mafia (the 1975 “Dharmatma”) to local government (“Sarkar,” 2005).The basic plot remains the same, albeit with the addition of the requisite Bollywood song and dance numbers.
Indian thesps have essayed the roles of Vitto Corleone (Amitabh Bachchan in “Sarkar”) and even Vitto and Michael Corleone (Feroz Khan in “Dharmatma”), but Tamil thesp Ajithgoes a step further with the Oct. 20 release of “Varalaaru.” In this latest incarnation of the mob saga, he plays not only the Don but his sons Sonny and Michael.
Ajith, whose career was starting to wane amid the rise of younger stars, reportedly lost 25 pounds for the trio of perfs.
Of course, if he’s really looking to show his range, he could tackle the parts of Fredo or even Kay in “Godfather: Part II.”