Why there are four ‘Queen’ remakes: ‘It is a story that deserves to be told’

Manu Kumaran has produced remakes of the Kangana Ranaut-starrer in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Four years after Kangana Ranaut played a jilted bride who went off by herself on her honeymoon in Queen, Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannah Bhatia, Manjima Mohan and Parul Yadav are set to repeat the feat in remakes in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

Four remakes? The story needed to be made in as many languages as possible, producer Manu Kumaran told Scroll.in. “Queen is such a powerful story,” said the founder of Mediente Films. “Marriage is treated as a destination for women across all cultures. It is a story that deserves to be told.”

The 2014 Hindi comedy was directed by Vikas Bahl and written by Bahl, Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Shaikh. Anvita Dutt Guptan wrote the dialogue, for which Ranaut has an additional credit. The film traces Rani’s emotional and psychological journey after she is deserted on the eve of her wedding. Since the honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam has been pro-booked, Rani decides to go ahead anyway, meeting a set of characters along the way who help her regain her confidence and transform her outlook.