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John, Arjun to lead 'Ayyappanum Koshiyum'

John, Arjun to lead Ayyappanum Koshiyum
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Mumbai: Film director Jagan Shakti said that he will be directing the remake of the Malayalam hit film 'Ayyappanum Koshiyum'.

The 'Mission Mangal' director said that the Hindi remake will feature actors John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor in the lead.

Starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, the 2020 Malayalam-language action thriller was written and directed by Sachy of 'Anarkali' fame.

The story revolves around the clash between Ayyappan (Biju Menon), a senior police officer who serves at the Attappadi Police Station and Havildar Koshi (Sukumaran), who comes to the village with a motive.

Shakti said that Abraham will take on the role that was played by Menon, while Kapoor will portray Sukumaran's character from the original.

"My next film is with John and Arjun. It is a remake of 'Ayyappanum Koshiyum'. John will be playing the role of Ayyappan, while Arjun will play Prithviraj's part. We are presenting both the actors in new avatars," said the director.

He added, "They have started prep work. They both are excited about this film."

In April this year, Abraham had said that he is planning the Hindi remake of 'Ayyappanum Koshiyum'.

Shakti further said Abraham is also producing the Hindi version through his banner 'JA Entertainment'.

The new movie will mark a reunion between Abraham and Kapoor, who will next be seen in director Mohit Suri's upcoming sequel to his 2014 hit 'Ek Villain'.

Shakti said the female lead and other actors will be cast soon.

"When I was approached for the Hindi remake of the film, I could not refuse as I was bowled over by the movie, which I had seen much before the offer came to me. We are still working on the script right now as we are making some changes to suit the Hindi audience," he said.

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