Thozha is something more than a remake... a feel good movie – Karthi

It's a rare case to see that films with feel-good theme arrive in theatres to keep the audiences delighted and Thozha is an illustration.

Speaking to the media channels, this morning at the press meet, the entire team kept telling the same thing that Thozha will be a feel good movie that everyone can watch any time forever.

"When I saw the original version in French – The Untouchables, I desperately felt that someone must remake this film in India, but then when PVP Cinemas and Vamsi approached me, I was really surprised.

It took 6 months for the team to complete the adaption and to find an apt cast for the role of Karthi', said Nagarjuna. Karthi on his part added, “Thozha is something more than a remake as it is based on real life inspirations.”

Actor Karthi believes one of the reasons forthcoming Tamil-Telugu bilingual “Thozha” has come out really well is the bond he shared with co-star Akkineni Nagarjuna and the film’s director Vamshi Paidipally.

“The bond we shared was special; it helped us connect on a personal level, resulting in great camaraderie even off the sets. We bonded like brothers,” Karthi, who plays a caretaker to a wheelchair-bound Nagarjuna in the film, told us.

“We complemented each other in such a way that even most brothers won’t. And we didn’t force ourselves to be that way, it just happened seamlessly. It’s the story that strengthened our bond, I suppose,” he said.

For Karthi, the film marks his Telugu debut, and working alongside superstar Nagarjuna was a bigger reason to cheer for.

“I wasn’t sure if I had to do this film, because I’d never worked in a multi-starrer. Though I was thrilled to work with Nagarjuna sir, whom I’ve looked up to since his first film, it was not until I was narrated the story, I was convinced to do the project,” he said, emphasising that the film is an adaptation of the French drama, “The Intouchables”.

“You can’t remake a French film,” he said, and added: “This is an adaptation, done in a way that the soul is not tampered and even for those who’ve watched the original, this version will stand out for its own reasons”.

Talking about working with Nagarjuna, who plays a quadriplegic millionaire in “Thozha”, which will release in Telugu as “Oopiri”, Karthi said: “There’s so much to learn from him. I like how he always stays happy, jovial and stress-free. There was absolutely no trace of competition between us. Though restricted to a wheel-chair throughout the film, he performed with self-control and that’s amazing.”

Produced by PVP Cinema, the film also stars Tamannaah Bhatia, and it’s slated to release on March 25 worldwide.


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