Race to grab rights of Paiya gets hotter with the Khans, Akshay Kumar now in fray

All three are now at a crucial stage of their illustrious careers in Bollywood. Two have already tried and tested the formula of remaking super hit action movies from the south. One, now known more for his out-and-out comedy flicks, is looking for something different. And the one film that seems to have grabbed the close attention of the three megastars – Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar - is the Tamil super hit film, Paiyaa, whose rights are now up for grabs.  
While both Aamir and Salman have shown Bollywood how well made south Indian remakes can rake in fortunes, their films like Ghajini, Bodyguard and Wanted have mostly been heavily action-oriented. Akshay Kumar, who is set to star in Donu Seenu, Ravi Teja’s mass masala Telugu movie remake, has not really tested this formula of success so far.  
Paiya, which is a romantic movie, could go a long way in infusing a refreshing change in the careers of the three super stars. For the Khans, it could prove to be a break from hard-hitting action, reviving the magic of their earlier, romantic image. For Akshay Kumar, Paiya could be a blessing after the relentless spate of comedies, marking a major watershed in his long career. There is a buzz in Bollywood that the three stars are seriously considering the Tamil blockbuster as their next big blockbuster. However, it remains to be seen who actually gets the potential pot of gold.    
Written and directed by N. Linguswamy, Paiya is about the interesting journey of a young couple. A beautiful, young woman, an IT employee, asks a jobless, happy-go-lucky man, to escort her from Bangalore to Mumbai. The man, incidentally is in love with her. The film revolves around the various obstacles that the couple has to face during their trip bitter-sweet experiences and the manner in which they bond together during the journey. The film stars Milind Soman Karthik Sivakumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sonia Deepti and Jagan. 
Paiya was released in 2010 and stunned the south Indian industry with its performance at the box-office. The film raked in a whopping Rs. 70,99,863 in the opening weekend across Chennai in the very first weekend. Not only that. It sprang an even bigger surprise in far-away United Kingdom by grossing £21,021 in the opening weekend in just six screens. In Malaysia where opened across 34 screens, it garnered $349,368 after the second week. Internationally, Paiyaa grossed Rs. 35 crores worldwide, collecting a net distributor share of Rs. 30 crores from the Tamil and 5 crores from the Telugu version.  
The film had won several awards for its beautiful music, including the Mirchi Listeners’ Choice – Best Song of the Year and Mirchi Listeners’ Choice – Best Album of the Year. Its leading actors Karthi and Tamannah Bhatia were also nominated for best actor and actress respectively in the Filmfare South Awards – credentials impressive enough to draw the biggest of the Bollywood biggies. 

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