Varma's first choice for the role of Jai, Mohit Ahlahwat was replaced midway by another new find, Prashant Raj. Ajay Devgan dons the garb of Veeru. Each character in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay has been redefined with a new film concept environment design roped in for the remake of the cult classic.
After months of speculation, it is finally clear that Varma's current favourite Nisha Kothari will play the role modelled after Hema Malini's motormouth Basanti. Sadly, the character will no longer be called Basanti, she is now Ghungroo. And replacing Basanti's faithful horse Dhanno is a rickshaw that Ghungroo will drive called Laila.
One of Bollywood's most popular cult classic - complete with the famous villain who mouthed some of Hindi cinema's most memorable lines - is back. Ramgopal Varma Ke Sholay, an audacious remake of Ramesh Sippy's enduring classic of the seventies, Sholay, is going to hit the big screen in a completely new avtaar.
Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay was headed for an anti-climax much before the movie was slated to hit the theatres. Director of Sippy Films, Sachsa Sippy had approached the Delhi High Court to seek an interim injunction against the use of the names Sholay, 'Gabbar' and 'Gabbar Singh' by producers of the remake, Varma and K Sera Sera.
Ram Gopal Verma says that his film has a contemporary look and is set in Mumbai unlike the original Sholay. He has also said that he has changed the characterisation to suit the contemporary look of the film.
Sushmita Sen who plays the part played by Jaya Bachchan in the original film is neither an introvert, nor repressed. She doesn't spend all her time lighting lamps in the night. Varma says that he can't have her "languishing" in a contemporary metro-centric atmosphere. Her role is more practical.
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan brings back the magic of Gabbar to the silver screen. Perhaps because it is Big B who is playing the coveted role, the central point in Ramgopal Varma Ke Sholay seems to Gabbar Singh, with everything surrounding the character being planned meticulously.
Big B on his part is more than delighted and says it's like "life completing an entire circle". He says that he loved the character of Gabbar Singh even in the original script and had begged and pleaded to Ramesh Sippy to let him play the role. However, he admits that Amjad Khan did a marvelous job.
Ram Gopal Varma says that the new Sholay will be his interpretation of the old story in a completely new set-up. He insists that is why the film bears the ambitious prefix of his own name. He says that in his opinion Sholay is an audacious film and that he is proud of it.
In the remake, the infamous Mehbooba song will not be forgotten. Actor Abhishek Bachchan has been roped in to perform the song along with actress Urmila Matondkar, while Amitabh Bachchan who plays the villain Gabbar Singh will be looking on.