Boney Kapoor calls remaking Pink as AK 59 an ode to late wife Sridevi


Boney Kapoor is a famous Indian producer who is known to have produced several hits of Bollywood. Boney is known to be producing remakes of South Indian films. In fact, he had earlier revealed that he has reprised at least 16 movies from down South in Hindi. Now, for the first time, Boney is attempting a reversal of sorts. He is bankrolling the Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starrer Pink in Tamil as AK 59. Superstar Ajith Kumar will revisit Big B’s role. What’s more, Vidya Balan will make her debut in the language. She will be seen in a special appearance as the 47-year-old’s wife.

Earlier, the Viswasam actor had played AB’s part in the Tamil version of the Sridevi-starrer English Vinglish (2012). “Actually, it was Sri’s desire that we do a film with him in Tamil,” said Boney. It was while they were exploring various possibilities that they watched Pink. “When we met him in Chennai, even Ajith said that he had seen it. Then, Sri suggested that we remake the social drama and he, too, jumped at the idea,” recalled Boney.

[caption id="attachment_204714" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A still of Sridevi and Ajith Kumar from their 2012 film English Vinglish[/caption]

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The late actress had also started her cinematic career with a Tamil movie, Kandhan Karunai (1967).  She went on to do many more films in the language as a child artist before her first role as an adult came at the age of 13 with Moondru Mudichu in 1976. AK 59, Boney mentioned, will be his and Ajith’s ode to Sridevi, who passed away last year on February 24. Talking about Vidya’s part, he mentioned that though it would be a special appearance, it would be “a short and sweet but special role”.

[caption id="attachment_204715" align="aligncenter" width="759"] A still of Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan from their 2016 film Pink[/caption]