Last year's Tamil blockbuster Vedalam, starring Ajith Kumar, is all set to be remade in Kannada with Puneeth Rajkumar. Mirror has learnt from reliable sources that producer AM Rathnam, who had bankrolled the original, will make his Kannada debut with this project which will be made on a lavish budget. Nanda Kishore of Victory and Ranna fame will direct this project, but only after he completes shooting for his next outing Tiger, and the yetuntitled remake of Hindi hit OMG: Oh My God. Puneeth has already starred in remakes such as Pandugadu, Dookudu and Naadodigal among others. "Rathnam and Puneeth have been in talks over the last few months. The project is almost finalised and as soon as the producer returns from his Sabrimala trip, an official announcement can be expected. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be finalised," a source told Mirror adding that the producer plans to hire a writer to make changes to the script to suit the local sensibilities. The project, according to the source, may go on the floors towards the end of 2016 or early 2017.
"Puneeth already has two projects in his kitty. Hence, he can't start work on the project immediately and will have to wait for a minimum of six months before he could even think of starting work on it," the source added. Vedalam, in which Ajith played a don, was one of the most successful films in Ajith's career. The film raked in over Rs100 crore at the box office and emerged as the biggest first-day grossing Tamil film of all time with a share of Rs15.5 crore. While the film was heavily panned by critics, Ajith's fans and the masses dug it, making it a glorious hit.