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04-17-2012, 05:43 PM #1
Salim Khan-Javed Akhtar give nod to 'Zanjeer' remake
Amidst all controversies revolving around the remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Zanjeer’, producer Amit Mehra says he has taken the blessings from the film’s writers Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. The remake of Bachchan starrer superhit film, ‘Zanjeer’ has been in the news regarding copyright and royalty issue.
Both the writers of the 1973 original film had expressed displeasure over the remake. But Amit says he has their permission now to re-make the film. “We have bought the rights of ‘Zanjeer’ from my father’s production company, Prakash Mehra. I have met both (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar) of them to take their blessings. They are special people,” Amit told.
The film starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in lead roles established the identity of Big B as an Angry Young Man. When Amit Mehra decided to remake it with South superstar Ram Charan Teja and Bollywood leading actress Priyanka Chopra in lead roles, the idea was not liked by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, the writers of the original Zanjeer.
The writers have reportedly asked for a substantial sum of money if Amit wanted to re-translate the Zanjeer script on celluloid. When asked about the same, Amit said, "I don't know all this. I am meeting them again, hopefully everything would be fine. But the remake of Zanjeer will be made. I did not ask them for anything. Salim uncle gave me his blessings." Amit added.
"This is my first film and I wanted to make 'Zanjeer' as it was a superhit film, I am emotionally connected with it," he said. We have signed Ram Charan, Prakash Raj and Mahie Gill for the film. Talks with Priyanka are going on. Nothing has been confirmed yet on the part of leading lady for the film Amit said.
Amitabh Bachchan may do a cameo in the remake. “Without Amit uncle, ‘Zanjeer’, the original film would have never been made. The talks are on,” Amit said. The remake version of the film, to be directed by Apoorva Lakhia, would go on floors this month.