Sholay is all set to be remade again. And this time on a regional level. But after enduring many unsuccessful remakes of this cult movie, should we really be looking forward to it?
We guess it’s time to replace ‘kitne aadmi the?’ with ‘kitne remakes the?’ (How many remakes were there?). Sholay has inspired the making of Subhash Ghai’s Karma (1986), Sibte Hassan Rizvi’s Joshiley (1989), Ajit Diwani’s Ramgarh Ke Sholay (1991), Rajkumar Santoshi’s China Gate (1998), Kanti Shah’s Duplicate Sholay (2002) and Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag (2007). We’re still recovering from the aftermath of RGV’s Aag when the taazi khabar at our doorsteps is that Sholay will soon have a version in Marathi. “The original Sholay cast a deep spell on our minds. We can’t change that. So I am presenting a serious story in a comic form and it is called Marathi Sholay,” said Marathi film director Vickey Kharat in an interview. Serious story in comic form, eh? We hope this isn’t a reason to fear. Anyway, as we brace ourselves for yet another version of this classic, we wonder if Vicky faced any copyright issues, given that there are plenty associated with this classic. But he insists it’s not a straight copy. “Even if the original makers see it, they won’t have any objection. Although the character names are the same, they all have different professions,” he adds. Interestingly, the director revealed that Jai and Veeru will play the roles of police officers and Basanti will row a boat instead of riding a horse carriage. What about Gabbar then? Will he play the sarpanch instead of a dacoit? We hope not. While regional director Vicky is gung-ho about all the role reversals, we hope he doesn’t end up creating yet another Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag. Fingers crossed.