The actor-producer has teamed up with Abundantia Entertainment for both Bollywood ventures
Actor-producer Vijay Babu has had an uncanny knack of picking great scripts to back; Rojin Thomas’ #Home and Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Angamaly Diaries are proof enough. So, it’s little wonder that both movies have been picked up for Bollywood remakes.
Vijay confirmed the same through his social media page, explaining that he dreamt of becoming a part of Bollywood one day and “#Home has made it happen”.
The producer also revealed that he is teaming up with Abundantia Entertainment for the ventures and that Angamaly Diaries is currently in its pre-production stage.
#Home, which has Indrans, Manju Pillai, Sreenath Bhasi and Naslen in the lead, released on Amazon Prime Video in August. The movie revolves around a technologically-handicapped father played by Indrans, and tells a heartwarming story of family relationships.
In an earlier interview with OTTplay, Vijay said, “I always try to make small films with a message, like Phillips and the Monkey Pen and June. We decided to do #Home now because we thought it was the need of the hour. It talks about phone addiction. Our generation is lucky to be technologically updated but due to the sudden growth of technology, there are people from the older generation who have lost track of what’s happening. My dad doesn’t know what Instagram is. But that doesn’t mean he is outdated or unintelligent.”
On the critical success of #Home, Vijay explained that he always insists on having commercial elements for his movies. “Only if a film becomes a commercial success, I can do my next movie. I try to ‘commercialise’ the project while keeping the aesthetic value intact as much as possible. Cinema is an artform but at the same time it has to entertain as well. When you balance both these elements, it pleases all kinds of audience,” he said.
The actor-producer is also backing Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Theerpu and another film titled Valatty, which has fours dogs playing the leads.