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Madhavan set for all India release of 'Evano Oruvan'
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Nov 19 After wowing audiences all over the world with his first Tamil production "Evano Oruvan", R. Madhavan now plans to give the movie an all-India release.
"Like any Hindi language film," explained the proud producer. "And why not? To me and to audiences who have watched the preview in the US, Dubai and India 'Evano Oruvan' is a universal story. So what if the language is Tamil?"
The film is expected to have a limited-print run in the metros from Dec 7.
"I'm being asked by my fans in Tamil Nadu why I've opted to go arty at this point of my career. Well, I've had my fill of commercial successes like 'Arya' (Tamil) and 'Rang De Basanti', 'Guru' (Hindi). It's about time I did films where I get a chance to be an actor in the truest sense of the word. 'Evano Oruvan' gave me that chance. It's my best performance to date," Madhavan told IANS.
The Tamil remake, directed by Nishikant Kamath who made the original as well, deviates quite a bit in the narrative from the Marathi version, but the actor doesn't like comparisons.
"I don't think the two films can be compared. Kamath has sharpened the narrative, done away with the flaws."
In fact, Madhavan now plans to produce and star in the Hindi version of the movie. This would make Kamath the only person to have directed the same story in three different languages.
"The Hindi version will be even more flawless. No two different interpretations of a film can be the same even if the director doesn't change."
The actor is also set to go global with his production house Leukos.
"The response to Kamath's film in Tamil that I've produced has been beyond anything I ever expected. The previews in Los Angeles and New York had non-Indian audiences watching the film in rapt attention. The thing is, 'Evano Oruvan', Kamath's Tamil version of his much-lauded Marathi film 'Dombivli Fast', is not a typical Bollywood product.
"I think it connects with audiences as a humane story. It's about what stress, compromise and conscience-killing have done to the working-class, and it doesn't matter which language or culture the story is located in, the story works for every individual who has ever felt oppressed by familial and state-level obligations."
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