Karan Johar and Fox Star Studios to remake Hridayam

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Fox Star Studios have announced that they have acquired the rights to the Malayalam romantic drama Hridayam.

Announcing the news on his social media accounts, the prolific filmmaker expressed his excitement over obtaining the rights of the movie for three languages — Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. “I am so delighted and honoured to share this news with you. Dharma Productions & Fox Star Studios have acquired the rights to a beautiful, coming-of-age love story, #Hridayam in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu all the way from the south, the world of Malayalam cinema,” he wrote. The director has however not announced the expected release dates and said further updates would be shared soon.

Directed by Vineeth Srinivasan, the film stars Pranav Mohanlal in the lead, along with Darshana Rajendran and Kalyani Priyadarshan. Hridayam follows the story of Arun Neelakandan played by Pranav Mohanlal a student who moves to Chennai for his engineering course. The film looks at his college days to  early 30s, reflecting on the ups and downs in his journey.

Expressing joy over the announcement, Visakh Subramanium, the producer of the film said “Today, it is a dream come true to have my film;s remake rights acquired by two of the most prestigious banners, whose films I have loved and enjoyed over the years”


Reacting to the news, fans demanded the filmmaker and the hindi film industry to make films of their own, instead of relying on remakes. While others had speculated on the exaggerated sugar-coated portrayal of the characters. Some have begun discussing which star kid would the remakes be the vehicle for.

The film hit the screens on 21st January of this year and attained critical and commercial success. However, it had its box office collections dented due to the third wave and Covid restrictions present in Kerala during the time of release. Currently, it is streaming on Over-the-Top (OTT) platform Disney Plus Hotstar.

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