Sudeep with Upendra
Sudeep and Upendra in Mukunda Murari.PR Handout

The Kannada remake of "Oh My God" has been titled "Mukunda Murari", and the movie, starring Sudeep and Upendra, hit the floors on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

It was earlier titled "Krishna Nee Begane Baaro," but the makers of the film felt "Mukunda Murari" would be better. Hence, the name underwent a change, a source informed Indian Express.

"Oh My God" starred Akshay Kumar as Lord Krishna and Paresh Rawal as an atheist. The film, which was based on a Gujarati play, was directed by Umesh Shukla. The movie told  the story of an atheist who wages a war on spiritual leaders and an insurance company when his shop gets destroyed by a low-intensity earthquake and the insurance company refuses to pay up, calling it an "acto of god". 

While Sudeep is stepping into the shoes of Akshay Kumar, Upendra will enact the character played by Paresh Rawal. The remake is being scripted and directed by Nanda Kishore, who has delivered a few hits, including "Victory" and "Ranna". He is making minor changes to the story to suit the tastes of the local audience.

Meanwhile, the makers are planning to approach actress Prema, who bid goodbye to acting after marriage, to play the role of Uppi's wife, as their combination is popular with the audience. The duo had paired up in the movie "Upendra" way back in 1999. 

The daily adds that Ramya Krishnan, Sadaa and a few others are also in consideration. Ravi Shankar and Avinash are part of the supporting cast, and Nidhi Subbaiah, who had played the role of a journalist in "Oh My God," has been approached for the same role.

"Mukunda Murari" is being bankrolled by Kichcha Creations, Jayashreedevi Productions and N Kumar Productions. Arjun Janya will compose the music, Sudhakar s Raj will handle the cinematography, Mohan B Kere is the art director and JM Prakash is the editor of the Kannada flick.