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Ram Gopal VarmaRam Gopal Varma defends remakes of old classics
04th Oct 2006  14.01 IST
By Agencies  

Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma , who is remaking the cult classic Sholay , says that there is no harm in trying remakes of old classics.

In Jaipur for the promotion of his latest film Shiva recently, Ramu, as he is popularly known, said, "Cine buffs are not much interest in the stories these days as what they see is the process of the film and the treatment given by the director and the story teller."

"You can always tell a story which has been told in silver screen for thousand times but that would create interest among the cinema lovers only if you are giving a fresh treatment in terms of story telling and grandeur of the movie," said the maker of films like Rangeela , Bhoot , Company , Sarkar .

Commenting on the remakes of olden goldies like Don starring Shah Rukh Khan this time, Varma said, "as far as this new 'Don' is concerned I can't say now as it is yet to be released.

All what I can say is that people would be interested in watching this film as they would like to compare the acting of Shah Rukh Khan with of Amitabh Bachchan and would see what new has been added in the narrative of Don." Remakes are always welcome and there is no harm in trying remakes, he adds.

Asked about his remake of 'Sholay', Varma said, "It would be quite different from Ramesh Sippy 's 'Sholay' as in his film the backdrop was village and dacoits while in my film the backdrop would be the urban criminals and underworld. And this time in my film the character of Thakur would be replaced by an encounter specialist."

In the recent past some of his movies failed to click at the box office. On the reasons, he said, "Yes, there were a few mistakes and because of extra work I could not handle too many things at the same time. But after these failures I have focused myself to one or two films at a time so that I can do justice to the film I am doing."

Yesteryear's movies always had 'morals' but this factor seems to have vanished from the Hindi cinema these days. To this Varma said, "See, you don't need to make a film to give a moral in present era of commercialization.

About his forthcoming film, he replied, " Nishabd which would be a love story between an old man and 18 year old girl and there is remake of 'Sholay'."

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