PeepingMoon Exclusive: Sidharth Malhotra's Thadam remake put on the backburner?

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Sidharth Malhotra recently announced a spy thriller titled Mission Majnu that will see him playing a RAW agent and romancing Geetha Govindam heroine Rashmika Mandanna. However, the announcement of this film seems to have arrived only after he exited from his other film. Peepingmoon.com has learned that Sidharth has backed out of Murad Khetani and Bhushan Kumar's Thadam remake that was announced last year with Mrunal Thakur as the leading lady. 

Sidharth is said to have walked out of the film due to script issues. "Thadam is an intriguingly written whodunit thriller with ample psychological twists. Magizh Thirumeni's writing and direction was the highlight of this film. Since the original's Hindi dubbed version is already available on YouTube, Sidharth wanted some major changes in the remake to maintain the suspense. He also worked himself on the script but eventually, he didn't like what came out as the final draft and decided to opt-out. The film is believed to have been put on the backburner now," a source close to the development informed us. 

Sidharth Malhotra's Thadam remake to go on floors in August; makers to  reportedly not shoot in Delhi

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Thadam remake was supposed to see Sidharth playing a double role— a businessman and a small-town thief. Vardhan Ketkar who has assisted on films like Mubarakan, Brothers, and Kapoor & Sons was on board to make his directorial debut with it. Revolving around a murder that results in a cat-and-mouse game between the two identical characters and the cops, the film was earlier planned to go on floors in May with a release date fixed for November 2020. However, the sudden outbreak of the Covid-19 sent all plans into total disarray. 

"Sid was excited about this film and was hoping to start it soon after the lockdown is eased. He was in regular touch with Vardhan and Murad Khetani and were constantly discussing the project via Zoom, so it's sad when it's not happening as one had expected. Though Khetani is still trying to make the film with someone else now," the source further added. 

Unfortunately, Sidharth's one more film is hanging in the air and that's Indra Kumar's comedy co-starring Ajay Devgn. No further development since last year has cast doubt on this film's future as well. Sidharth is believed to have only one confirmed project in hand and he will start shooting for it from February!

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