Abhishek Bachchan will not star in ‘Zanjeer’ remake

Abhishek Bachchan will not star in ‘Zanjeer’ remake

Filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia is remaking the film that became Amitabh Bachchan’s ticket to the fast track, making him a part of Hindi movie lore as the angry young man

The trend of remaking cult films is gaining steam, especially now that Karan Malhotra’s remake of Agneepath has struck gold at the BO. News is that Apoorva Lakhia of Shootout At Lokhandwala fame is remaking another Amitabh Bachchan cult film, Zanjeer, which catapulted him to superstardom after a string of flops. South superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja has bagged the lead role of the intense cop earlier played by the Big B. The makers of the new version of Zanjeer did consider casting Abhishek Bachchan, but somehow that didn’t work out and the film became the launch vehicle for Ram Charan’s Bollywood career.

The details of the remake are still not very clear, but our friendly birdie says that the makers are confident that the new movie will work, even though the times it is set in have changed. The female lead hasn’t been cast yet and it is heard that the makers are keen on a fresh face. We wonder who will play the part of Sher Khan, brilliantly essayed by Pran, and of the villain, played by Ajit, in the original. Amitabh has been very vocal about his dislike for remakes, but the trend is catching on, just like the growing popularity of remaking superhit South Indian films. Do you think it would have been worked if the makers of the new one had cast Jr Bachchan? Could it have changed his career in Bollywood, the way the original did for his father? We can only wonder…

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  • Rajesh Rajagopal

    Well, Ram Charan may be the new sensation in Telugu Cinema, but still he is getting a bit too big for his boots by stepping into the shoes of the mighty Amitabh Bachchan !!Iam 100% sure he will not be able to come anywhere near Big B’s brilliance. Sorry, ram Charan, but You are too raw & new to take up something done by someone like the mighty Bachchan, & that too something immortalised by him. Maybe Junior Bachchan would have been a better choice, or maybe Ajay Devgn !! Someone like the One & only Sunjay Dutt or the highly talented jackie Shroff can step into Pran saab’s shoes ! Both of them will do a fine Job, especially Dutt ! Ajit’s role should go to paresh rawal, he is the ideal choice. The Heroine, well, nowadays all we have are glamour dolls like Katrina & Kareena, I dont really see any heroine nowadays who can do justice to the role done so brilliantly by Jayaji !! Maybe someone like Rani Mukherjee can take it up & do a fine Job, that’s all !! The Producer & Director dont really have any choices as far as the Heroine is concerned. rani is the only actress of substance we have today. Vidya is there, but her stocks are so high after the success of ” The Dirty Picture “, that Iam doubtful whether she would accept a role in a Hero dominated Movie !!. Anyway, Good Luck to all connected with the Film.

  • Aditya

    I agree, Abhishek could have been a better choice. I really don’t understand when the remake of certain movie is being done especially that of Amitabh, why can’t Abhishek play the role ! . He still has the shadow of his father..and amitabh is one character personality that every actor tries and potrays his voice or act just a little bit and audience loves it. So if Abhishekh could do the similar magic but for the entire film…or is just that the makers don’t want any more of AMITABH ? I hope when Deewar remake is considered they pick abhishek in amitab’s role and NOT SRK.