By Jyothi Venkatesh
Neeraj Tiwari has recently bought the Hindi remake rights of the Kannada film Act 1978. Says Neeraj, “What I liked the best was the woman protagonist. When the situation changes in her life and she is fed up with the rampant corruption, red tape and bureaucracy, she fights it in a very dignified and decent way. I want to make an out and out female centric film which will be in my own way a tribute to women of India.”
The story of Act 1978 penned by Dayanand TK and Veerendra Mallana, and the crux of the story is that Geetha, a pregnant widow, runs from pillar to post to get money under the government schedule, despite waiting for several months altogether. Infuriated by the laxity of government officials, and frustrated to the core by the red tape as well as bureaucracy, she decides to lock the government office by strapping a bomb to her stomach, which draws the attention of the entire State government. Besides Hindi, Act 1978 will be remade in Telugu and Tamil too.
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Neeraj is one hundred percent sure and confident that our audiences as well as the society today will certainly identify with the protagonist and wants to sign on a power packed actress like Taapsee Pannu or Bhumi Pednekar to play the protagonist in his Hindi remake which he wants to launch by the end of the year under the aegis of his banner Aaagaaz Entertainment.
The original version Act 1978 was the first Kannada film to see the light of the day after the theatres opened in Karnataka after the closure of theaters owing to lockdown due to the dreaded pandemic. The original film starred Yagna Shetty as a frustrated pregnant widow who resorts to extreme measures after failing to receive money from the government. The original film was directed by Mansore.
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However, Neeraj Tiwari concedes that Shiv Aryan will co-produce the film, which has also not as yet been titled. He also confirms that Aagaaz Entertainment will launch 15 new actors and actresses in upcoming music videos and movies. Besides this film which will be the Hindi remake of the Kannada hit Act 1978, Neeraj Tiwari is also all set to make not just one or two but five different films in Hindi , in addition to an explosive web series.
Neeraj Tiwari signs off. “Our production house’s main motive is to work on quality projects with good content which can contribute to the society or bring changes in the life of an individual too. Our aim is not to compromise with the script and content.”