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Ram Gopal Varma Ki SholayHow different is Ramu's Sholay!
26th July 2007  23.20 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  


The maverick filmmaker says his movie Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay will be very different from the original Sholay made in 1975.

Thirty-two years after the release of Ramesh Sippy's Sholay , Ram Gopal Varma is giving his own interpretation to the film that is regarded as the Bible of Hindi cinema. And true to his nature, Ramu doesn't cease to surprise. He says he has changed many things in his modern version of 'Sholay'.




Firstly, the movie's title and the names of the characters have been changed. But that may be because of the court case by Sasha Sippy, who is claiming the rights to the title of the film and the names of the characters.

So the film's title has been changed to 'Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag'. And the names of the characters in Ramu's film will not be the same as in Sippy's film.

Thakur in 'Sholay' has become Narsimha in Ramu's movie. Radha has become Durga, Basanti has become Ghungroo and Veeru has become Heeru. Moreover, Gabbar Singh will be called Babban Singh.

Ramu assures that changes in his film are not just superficial. Apart from the names, the characters themselves would be different.

Babban Singh (Gabbar), for instance, will have much larger footage in the film. Also, he would be more vengeful, almost like a psychopath. The role is played by Amitabh Bachchan .

Secondly, instead of chopping Narsimha's (Thakur's) hands, Babban only cuts his fingers in Ramu's film. Narsimha is played by Mohanlal .

Thirdly, Durga (Radha) in Ramu's film has a muted aggression in her character. She is clad in black, and has suppressed anger within. The role is played by Sushmita Sen .

Since the movie is set in Mumbai, Ghungroo (Basanti) drives an autorickshaw and not a tonga. Nisha Kothari plays the part.

Even the roles played by Ajay Devgan and Prashant Raj are different.

In Ramu's words, his film only takes the basic structure from the original. The backdrop is different. The Mumbai underworld forms the background in his film.

But Ramu says his version of 'Sholay' is neither a gangster film nor a dacoit drama. He says his movie is a masala entertainer with one slammer of a scene after another.



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