In Bollywood, these days remake films are in full trend. South Indian films to old Hindi films are being served to the audience in a new way.
However, there are also frequent criticisms regarding remakes. Some people have been speaking out against remakes of classic films. Ramesh Sippy has now spoken about the remake of the 1975 cult classic film Sholay.
Speaking to IANS, Sippy said, “I am not very excited about the remake of Sholay unless someone can think of presenting it in a different way. Otherwise, I wouldn’t want to remake Sholay. This does not mean that I am against the remake. Many films have been remade with great beauty. How you re-create the world of a film makes more sense.”
Let me tell you that in 2007 Ram Gopal Varma remake Sholay under the name of Ram Gopal Varma’s Aag which proved to be a huge flop. The special thing is that the film had stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan in the lead roles.
Talking about the original Sholay, the film released on 15 August 1975 featured Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar and Gabbar Singh in the lead roles.
According to Ramesh Sippy, managing a film with high octane scenes with such a big star cast was a big challenge at that time. Sippy says- I am glad that our efforts have not gone in vain. Even after 45 years, the film is loved by the people.
Apart from Sholay, Sippy has also produced Milestone films like Andaz, Sita, and Geeta, Shaan, Shakti, and Sagar. On the small screen, he is best known for his classics like Buniyaad, which are being re-broadcasted on Doordarshan during the Coronavirus lockdown.