Mumbai: Superstar movie director Ram Gopal Varma has announced that he will be adapting and re-making the Hollywood blockbuster movie “The Avengers” for Indian Audiences, with his own RGV-twists to the storyline and characters. This movie will be a multilingual feature film with dialogues in Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi and is expected to be released in July next year. The Avenger fans are extremely excited by this news and are eagerly awaiting the Indian adaptation. Avengers fan-sites and fan blogs are already abuzz with pages and pages of details with thousands of fans discussing and finalizing screenplays, shaping up character sketches and rumoring over potential twists to the Indian version of story. Sources have revealed some of initial details release by RGV’s content team on the superhero characters from the movie:
Super Hero Hulk aka Hariya; To be played by Hrithik Roshan: Prior to finalizing HrIthik, superstar Salman Khan was Ramu’s first choice for Hulk’s role due to his heavy Dabangg build. But unfortunately Sallu bhai was not able to commit any dates as he is currently shooting another blockbuster movie “Wanted one more time” with Prabhudeva. Wrestling super star and muscle-man “The great Khali” was also approached for this role but declined due to ongoing WWE Smack-down shoot-schedule. Hrithik Roshan was finally found to be an appropriate choice for the role because of him gaining smart superpowers due to alien intervention in “Koi Mil Gaya” and Krish-series.
Twists in story: Indian Hulk is a guy named Ravi who gains his colossal powers and huge green body structure through an ancient herbal “green” tea. When Ravi was just a kid, the village landlord kidnapped his whole family and burnt them alive to encroach their farmland. The sadistic landlord then had Ravi thrown in into a hot tub of ancient herbal green tea where due to anger of his family’s death and chemical reactions of the tea the kid turned into the angry hulk. Hulk soon became the savior of the villagers and started avenging landlord’s atrocities. His village folk nicknamed him Hariya out of love. Similar to original Hulk, Hariya can willfully control his structure and monstrous tendencies through deep meditation and hath yoga.
Superhero: Iron Man, Tony Stark to be Renamed as Loh-manav, Anthony Stark (Anthony to give him more Indian feel) To
be played by Shahrukh Khan: Shahrukh’s robotic role in Ra.1 was something which inspired RGV to cast him as the Loh-manav. Since Iron-man’s character in this remake would not be wearing a mask like in American version, RGV wanted an actor who could display both an emotionless face and over-dose of emotions, with equal ease. Kamal Hassan was RGV’s first choice for the role, but he could not be signed up as he wanted to direct all his scenes, including action sequences, himself.
Twists in story: Anthony is a gulf-returned billionaire who is originally from Kerela, but born and brought-up in Mumbai. He is trained at NASA, and is an expert in modern weaponry. The movie reportedly begins with Anthony aboard an American space shuttle as lead-astronaut trying to successfully locate and bomb Al Qaeda terrorists via satellites. Upon completion of their mission when Anthony’s team starts a descent back towards earth an unwanted incident burns their spacecraft hurling them towards earth unprotected and at a high speed. Faced with imminent death Anthony designs and creates a 3D-printed iron-man suit, just within the few seconds of fall towards earth. The quick presence of mind helps him fly and save all his crew just seconds before they hit the ground zero. Indian media then hails him as the Loh-manav. RGV will also be cashing in on SRK’s lover boy image by introducing a love story angle in the Indian Avengers.
Superhero: Morality-man (new character) To be played by: Aamir Khan; Twists in story: This is believed to be one of the biggest twists in original storyline by RGV wherein an entirely new superhero will be introduced in the Avengers team. RGV has been quoted multiple times in media saying that he is quite impressed with how Aamir Khan has taken the responsibility to teach morals to our society. Aamir has on several occasions enlightened the audiences with how deeply wrong they are and how he can show them the righteous path. From religious commentary in PK to eradication of violence in cartoon movies, Aamir has demanded serious changes to way people worship, enjoy, eat and live their lives. This is something Morality-man will also be doing in the movie. While other avengers fight the outer enemies of the mankind, Morality-man will be fighting these inner enemies of mankind, i.e. the immoral conduct which people engage in, and as per RGV there is no-one better than Aamir to teach people that.
Character: Nick Fury Renamed as: Dr. Jwala To be played by: Nana Patekar or Anupam Kher (undecided) Twists in story: Dr. Jwala works as a senior research scientist at a secret nuclear research facility where one day he finds out that there are foreign powers who wish to enslave the countrymen and some agents are planning to steal India’s nuclear secrets and sell them to those unknown powers. Dr. Jwala then steals the secrets himself, before anyone else can, and hides them at a secret location. He then kick-starts the avenger initiative, wherein he slowly recruits and builds a team of high performing individuals who could together become something more.
Superhero: Captain America Renamed as: Mr. India, To be played by Anil Kapoor: Since Captain America has American origins
RGV decided to reprise a character which was extremely popular with Indian audiences in late 80s, i.e. Mr. India. Anil Kapoor will be reprising his role as Mr. India in the Indian version of Avengers
Twists in story: In a post Mugambo world, Mr. India’s 13 kids are all settled, married and are in MNC jobs. Mr. India is now rich and retired in a plush bungalow in outskirts of Mumbai where he lives with his legendary cook “Calendar”. He occasionally remembers his long dead reporter wife and engages in gardening as a part time activity. Although when he comes to know about the theft of country’s nuclear secrets he is pulled into the fight against the evil forces and finally decides to again wear his colorful gadget which he has not used in decades after Mogambo’s demise.
Superhero: Black Widow Renamed as: Agni-sakshi To be played by: Antara Mali Twists in story: Agni is a humble kaam-waali bai (house cleaner) who works in Dr. Jwala’s house when one day she saves Dr. Jwala’s kid from being kidnapped by some miscreants who want to ransom the kid for his nuclear secrets. While fighting the kidnappers she uses the broom and mops in innovative ways to beat the goons up. She even drives a cycle-rickshaw and successfully chases the kidnapper’s car to save Dr. Jwala’s kid. Dr. Jwala is highly impressed by her skills and recruits her in his A-team.
Speculations on character of “Thor” are still on but there is no news on if he will be the part the 1st movie or will be introduced in later sequels along with “Loki”. Other than the star studded cast for these roles many other Bollywood starlets such as Arjun Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut will also be reportedly playing some side-kick roles in this blockbuster remake.
While the movie is expected to have a star-studded cast the title of the movie is another topic of brutal debate on the fan sites and blogs. Although rumor-mongering forums have listed “RGV ke Avengers ki Aag”, “Avenger-Charitra” and “Dharti ke Rakhwaale” as top 3 favorites titles for the movie until now, but Ram Gopal Varma himself has not given any hints on what would be the final movie title.
Another interesting aspect of this movie is going to be multiple directors directing it. Since this is going to be a mega-movie project spanned over months of parallel shooting schedules, RGV is rumored to have approached several other Bollywood directors to direct some specific parts of the movie. While Prakash Jha has been approached to direct all scenes that involve huge-crowds and extras, Priyadarshan will be directing two comedy scenes in the movie. Farah Khan may be given one festival related item song to direct, in which all avengers will dance with Malaika Arora khan at Hulk’s wedding ceremony, but that has not been finalized yet. All gory blood bath related scenes will however be directed by RGV himself.