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The desire of Amitabh Bachchan
24th July 2005 22.18 IST
Thirty years ago, Amitabh Bachchan had a desire. He wanted to do a certain role in a certain film. And now ace director Ram Gopal Varma is about to fulfill Bachchan's that desire.
A story has been going on in Bollywood for the past thirty years that Bachchan wanted to play the role of Gabbar Singh in Sholay , which was made by Ramesh Sippy in 1975.
But destiny had other plans and the role of the dreaded and dangerous tobacco-chewing dacoit was immortalized by Amjad Khan , who later went on to become a very good friend of Bachchan.
As all know, Bachchan became Jai, the friend of Veeru played by Dharmendra .
And now when Varma is gearing up to make the remake of the legendary classic, he has signed none other than Bachchan to play the role of Gabbar Singh.
The filmmaker is very excited about this development and says, "The ultimate hero is playing the ultimate villain." Varma adds that to him the hero of the movie has always been Gabbar Singh, after the film released it was this character that became legendary, it was his lines that people remembered.
The director aims to bring out various facets of the dacoit in a revamped way and for that he thinks there is no better actor Bachchan himself.
Varma continues, "When I decided to remake Sholay, I had thought of Bachchan playing the role; I am very thrilled that he is now playing Gabbar Singh. According to me, Gabbar was the hero of Sholay, though he was portrayed as the villain.
After Sholay released, Gabbar became a legend — only the biggest star today can play that role now.
Since I will be setting the story in Mumbai, in 2005, there will be some structural changes. I want to highlight the entertaining facets of Gabbar's personality, his one-liners, the high-voltage drama surrounding his personality, his menace, and I don't think anyone but Bachchan can pull it off."
How did Bachchan react when offered the role? "He was a little taken aback, but when I explained the facets and said he should take it up as a challenge, he was okay," says Varma. "I want to keep the film as close to Sholay as possible."
Continues the director, "Sholay is a classic and I would like Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay to have the intensity and grit of the original. It's just that the setting is different."
Varma's version has an encounter cop (instead of a thakur) hiring out two petty criminals to take on Gabbar. Varma has already finalised Mohit Ahlawat to play the part of Jai in the film.
Ram Gopal Varma
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