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Amitabh BachchanNow, a remake of Amar Akbar Anthony
17th July 2005  14.00 IST
By Nitika Desai  


A few Bollywood filmmakers are gearing up to remake the Amitabh Bachchan classics of the 70s.

It looks like the season of remakes in Bollywood. Young director Farhan Akhtar is remaking the Bachchan thriller Don with Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra in the leading roles.




On the other hand, Ram Gopal Varma is gearing up to pay homage to his favorite Hindi movie Sholay and has roped in newcomer Mohit Ahlawat to play the role of Jai, immortalized by Bachchan in the Ramesh Sippy classic.

And now, it is David Dhawan , the master of celluloid comedy, who is planning to remake the Bachchan starrer Amar Akbar Anthony . The movie's remake, says Dhawan, will be his personal tribute to his guru, filmmaker Manmohan Desai.

Dhawan says it has been his long cherished dream to remake Amar Akbar Anthony.

"I kept postponing my dream project. But now I'm going to do it within a year," Dhawan is quoted as saying.

The original movie, starring Amitabh, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi and Nitu Singh, was a roller coaster entertainer. Dhawan says his version of the movie will have present-day established stars, but they have not been finalized as yet.

One problem that is dogging Dhawan is where to relocate the plot of the original movie. Farhan Akhtar's 'Don' will be modern and techno-savvy. Ramu's Sholay will be relocated from Rampur village to Mumbai underworld.

Manmohan Desai's 'Amar Akbar Anthony' was located in Mumbai. Dhawan still has to decide whether the story of his remake version will be set in Mumbai or elsewhere, and what other changes can be incorporated to make the remake version fresh.



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