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Not a very fiery premiere for RGV's Aag

Aug 31, 2007 01:15 PM IST India India

Mumbai: For a much hyped remake, Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag had a quiet premiere at Mumbai's Cinemax Theatre. However, that did not stop the film's biggest star, Amitabh Bachchan, from hurriedly expressing his high expectations from the flick. "Obviously, we are very excited on this day since the film is all set for release," he said. Nonetheless, despite the Big B casting his aura over all, the absence of actors Ajay Devgan and Mohanlal's stood out, though the 'wannashines' of the cast — Nisha Kothari and Prashant Raj — valiantly tried to make up for that. "I am a little nervous because the film will be seen by the public on Friday," said Nisha Kothari. Added Prashant Raj, "I have seen the movie and I really like it. I think it will be a big hit." RGV Ki Aag came into focus right from the moment it was called an unofficial remake of the cult Bollywood blockbuster, Sholay, which is one of the reasons why the guests at the premiere were looking forward to the filmmaker's interpretation. One of the guests at the big night, actor Ritesh Deshmukh, said that he was sure the audience would like RGV's version. "Ramu is a unique filmmaker. The movie is projected as a contemporary film. In today’s time, 2007, if Sholay had to happen in Bombay with the same characters, what would happen?" Added singer Adnan Sami, "I have come here for Mr Bachchan as Babban. When I saw his get up and saw the promos, I felt, 'My God, he looks amazing." Despite these votes of confidence, the response at the premiere was less than exciting and the only thing now that Aag's makers can hope for is that the box office fire burns a bit more bright than what they saw on the opening night.

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