YEH REMAKES KA ZAMANA HAI BHAI!!!

by Shabdita Shrivastav
A new trend has come to bollywood. A series of remakes of Hindi classic films is the on a spree. The filmmaker’s nowadays are capitalizing on the emotional appeal of the old plots and presenting it in a new way to the audiences. Aishwarya Rai enacted Umrao Jaan, ShahRukhKhan did the enigmatic Don. Is the remake rage sweeping Hindi cinema today?
But the fact remains that remakes are being appreciated and accepted by the audience. The young generation does not like watching old classics and miss out on good cinema but retelling these films in a more contemporary form attract them to watch the film. For example Shahrukh Khan’s Devdas was hailed by the viewers all over. Making remakes is a good thing but comparing the old and the new should be avoided.
For producers too, remakes appear to be a safe bet. It is a tried and tested formula after all. There are a lot of films which were remade and were very successful. Bimal Roy’s Parineeta, a 50’s romance set against Bengali backdrop worked well in Pradeep Sarkar’s remake version, Shah Rukh Khan made paheli which was a remake of Mani Kaul’s Duvidha, Dharmesh Darshan’s Bewafaa was inspired by the 60’s hit Gumraah .Remaking classics is not done by today’s filmmakers alone. Earlier filmmakers also banked upon hits. Sholay was inspired by Raj Khosla’s dacoit drama Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman by Raj Kapoor’s tramp-turned-hustler story Shri 420, Raja Hindustani by Jab Jab Phool Khile and the 90’s comic bonanza Aankhen by Mehmood-starrer Do Phool .  
Forthcoming remakes include Shehensha starring Hrithik Roshan; remake of the film Agneepath will also star Hrithik in the lead. Film Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) is also on the remake list to be made by Dev Anand. Actor Fardeen Khan is also planning to remake his father’s film Qurbani with Shahrukh in the lead. Remake of the film MR. India is also being planned. Well whether all these remakes can rework the old magic, is only the viewer will decide…

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