Nawazuddin Siddiqui was Parthiban's first choice to play the lead in the film's Hindi remake
Abhishek and Parthiban
Oththa Seruppu, which was directed by Parthiban, has the actor-filmmaker pulling off a solo act - in fact, the film, a murder mystery, is a one-of-its-kind attempt, as it has a single person writing, directing, solo acting and producing it - keeping the viewers hooked till the end. It also entered the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records for its unique feat. The movie, which was critically-acclaimed, went on to win awards in the Special Jury Award and Sound Mixing category for Parthiban and Resul Pookutty respectively, at the 67th National Film Awards. Later, Parthiban had announced that he is planning to remake the film in Hindi, and that he has plans to bring Nawazuddin Siddiqui on board to play the role the former essayed in the Tamil version.
Though Parthiban approached the Bollywood actor, things didn't materialize as he had expected. Abhishek Bachchan came on board later, and the project has gone on floors in Chennai a few days ago with an official ceremony. C Sathya had composed the background score in Oththa Seruppu while Santhosh Narayanan had composed the only song in it. We hear that a Bollywood composer will be brought on board for the project's untitled Hindi version. Abhishek has earlier played the lead in the Tamil remake of Madhavan-starrer Run. He was part of Yuva and Raavan which were simultaneously shot in Kollywood as Aaytha Ezhuthu and Raavanan respectively.
Meanwhile, Parthiban had wrapped up Iravin Nizhal, which according to him, is another unique experiment. Starring a bevy of newbies, the film, which has AR Rahman composing music, has been made in a single shot. The actor-filmmaker, who was last seen in the Amazon Prime series, Time Enna Boss, has Tughlaq Darbar and Dhruva Natchathiram ready for release.
Oththa Seruppu is currently streaming on Netflix.