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Hyderabad : In the French film The Intouchables directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano, Magalie, the secretary to quadriplegic billionaire Phillipe, is a brief part. There’s also an older caretaker who oversees the running of the mansion. The trailer of Oopiri (simultaneously made in Tamil as Thozha) shows a film that keeps the soul of The Intouchables intact with a notable change in the role of the secretary, essayed by Tamannaah.
“You can say my role is a combination of the parts of the secretary and the caretaker,” says the actress, settling down to talk. She prefers to call Oopiri an adaptation, not a remake. “A French film may not be accepted if it were to be remade as it is. Director Vamshi Paidapally has adapted it for the Indian audience,” she adds.
The actress hasn’t watched The Intouchables, preferring to go with Vamshi’s narrative. “All the others in the team have seen The Intouchables and each perceives the content differently. We’ve had numerous discussions. I had heard about The Intouchables even before Oopiri was offered to me. Vamshi told me there are a lot of changes in my role. I didn’t want to be influenced by the original,” she says.
Tamannaah plays Keerti, who works with the billionaire quadriplegic, played by Nagarjuna. “Keerti is educated and very well turned out. Half the job was done getting the styling right. The nuances and body language followed,” she says.