Sandalwood actress Parul Yadav will be playing ‘Rani’ in the Kannada remake of Bollywood hit film ‘Queen’ which is being directed by Ramesh Arvind. ’Queen’ is being remade in all four South Indian languages with Kajal Aggarwal, Manjima Mohan and Tamannaah playing the lead in Tamil, Malayalam and Tamil respectively. The unit of the film recently returned from France where all the lead actresses shot for their portions of the film, and all of them seem to have had a great time canning their scenes. Parul Yadav, besides playing the lead role in the Kannada remake, is also co-producing along with Mediente Films. Parul seems quite kicked about donning multiple roles for the film and says that she was nervous initially but things fell in place gradually.
“In fact, during the initial days of the shoot, I faced some difficulties portraying the role, as it is completely opposite to what I am in real life — a modern girl who is born and brought up in Mumbai. Whereas portraying a girl from a small town like Gokarna, who has never been to a city and never flown abroad was quite a challenge to me. Eventually, workshops followed, and I started living in the character, and enjoying it. Hope, I have pulled it off,” Parul was quoted as saying by a report in DC.
Talking about shooting in extreme weather in France, Parul says it was a fun experience working in those kinds of climatic conditions. “The best past was shooting simultaneously in two different remote locations in France. We actresses would bump into each other often, and it was fun. Insofar as the remake is concerned, Ramesh Aravind Sir is impressive as ever with some changes owing to the nativity. The core subject remains the same. The director has retained flavour, and though it is a remake, it’s made with a new freshness,” Parul added further.
Parul started shooting for the remake of Queen, Butterfly, back in June this year and interestingly the shooting kicked off on the birthday of the Sandalwood actress. “It’s the most overwhelming feeling that I get to start this very important film of my career on my birthday. It has been a wonderful journey so far, but I am really looking forward to this new chapter that will unfold in my life,” Parul had said.
As required, Parul will be seen sporting a de-glam look in the first half of the film, which was revealed by the makers while shooting for it in Gokarna. Parul Yadav is widely acknowledged as the most Glamorous Style Icon of Sandalwood, but contrary to the title, she is all in to amaze us with a totally de-glam look in ‘Butterfly’. We see her in an authentic South Indian ‘Langa – Ravake’ (lehnga choli) with hair left loose. She looks every bit like a girl next door.
Bollywood actress Elli Avrram will also be seen playing an important role in the Kannada remake of Queen. Elli will be seen reprising the role played by Lisa Haydon in the original and will be seen in the Kannada and Tamil versions of the remake. “I am in love with South Indian languages. They sound very nice. Kannada, in particular, has a very exotic ring to it. While it is Indian, the way it sounds, it feels European. What was encouraging was the fact that the team complimented my pronunciation of Kannada and said that I sound like just another Bengaluru girl,” Elli Avrram had said recently.
While Elli will feature in the Kannada and Tamil versions, popular actress and host Shibani Dandekar will be seen playing Lisa’s role in Telugu and Malayalam versions of Queen remake. These two actresses were roped in by the makers after Amy Jackson opted out of the project. Amy was supposed to feature in all the four remakes but opted out due to date clashes with her US television show ‘Supergirl’.
“We have made several changes to the script and the films are going to be different in each language. We had planned on Amy Jackson initially, but it became clear that the character demanded a specific look and feel. Elli Avrram and Shibani Dandekar will bring the much-required freshness to the movies,” producer Manu Kumaran had said in a statement.