Friday, July 07, 2006

Ram Gopal Varma's "Sholay"

This will be the mother of all remakes. Ram Gopal Varma is making the remake of Sholay, arguably one of the best Hindi films to be made. Ever.

The original Sholay was released in the year 1975 and was directed by Ramesh Sippy. The original Sholay had Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan. The movie was written by Salim-Javed and the music was by R. D. Burman. The movie had a record run at a theatre in Mumbai. I have done a comprehensive post on Sholay in the month of May 2006. See the archives on my blogspot for the week ended April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30).

The remake would be known as Ram Gopal Varma Ka Sholay. However, the remake would be Ram Gopal Varma's interpretation of Sholay and would not be set in Ramgarh. The remake would be, you guessed it right, set in Ram Gopal Varma's favourite set up - Mumbai Underworld and Gabbar Singh would be your typical Mumbai underworld king pin. The likely casting of the remake is as follows:

Amitabh Bachchan as Gabbar Singh (originally played by Amjad Khan)

Mohit Ahlawat as Jai (originally played by Amitabh Bachchan)

Abhishek Bachchan as Veeru (originally played by Dharmendra)

Mohanlal as Thakur Baldev Singh (originally played by Sanjeev Kumar)

Katrina Kaif as Radha (originally played by Jaya Bhaduri)

Rajpal Yadav as Soorma Bhopali (originally played by Jagdeep)

Urmila Matondkar as Helen for Mehbooba song (original dance by Helen)

Himesh Reshamaiyya singing the song Mehbooba (originally played by Jalal Agha)

The all important character of Basanti (originally played by Hema Malini) is still missing. I am not sure but the music is likely to be composed by Himesh Reshamaiyya. Well, what do you say, he's the current flavour of Bollywood. Not only do we hear him and his compositions, we also have to see him now.

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