In the yet to be titled Tamil version, Imran Khan's role will be played by Arya, the new heartthrob and star of UTV's super hit January release, Vettai. The No.1 comedian in Tamil cinema Santhanam will play Kunaal Roy Kapur's role and popular actor Premgi will play Vir Das's role. Hansika and Anjali will play the roles of the air hostess and journalist respectively.
The popular character artiste Nasser, who is known to play the villain with much ease, will essay the role originally played by Vijay Raaz and the film will have several known stars in other pivotal roles.
The core theme and screenplay of the film has been retained, and it has been adapted by a team of three writers to suit the tastes and sensibilities of the Tamil audience. Dialogues are written by John Mahendran of Sachien film fame.
"Our next Hindi release Rowdy Rathore is a remake of the superhit Telugu film Vikramarkudu, which was also remade in Tamil as Siruthai, another superhit. In the past we have successfully remade our Hindi productions in the South, like Khosla Ka Ghosla (in Tamil) and A Wednesday (in Tamil and Telegu). Some content transcends culture and language, and draws audiences in for the sheer quality of storytelling. In the same vein, we believe Delhi Belly will work superbly well with Tamil audiences and we are thrilled with the exceptionally adapted screenplay that a team of young writers has developed. We have brought on actors who are youthful and popular, along with a very skilled director at the helm, and we are confident that the great content of Delhi Belly will act as a bridge for cinema loving audiences across languages", said Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.
The film will have music by the current youth icon Thaman, cinematography by P.G. Muthiah (of Poo, Kanden Kadhalai and Saguni fame), Editing by Leo, Art Direction by Videsh, Costumes by Deepali and Stunts by Silva.
The film will go on the floors on May 7, 2012 in Chennai and will be completed by October 2012. It is slated for a Pongal release in January 2013.