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''Sippys wanted Jackie Chan for SHOLAY'' - Ramu

June 23, 2008 2:20:36 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Ram Gopal Varma is certainly enjoying his new fond weapon that goes by the name of BLOG! Pretty happy with the way he is able to reach out to people and his experiences around film making being known to one and all, he recently spoke about how SHOLAY came to him a few years back with Sippys looking at Jackie Chan being one of the potential actors to star in the film's sequel. Over to Ramu.

'The idea of wanting to do something with SHOLAY came approximately around five to six years ago. One day I got a call from Sasha Sippy saying that his grandfather Mr. G. P. Sippy wants to meet me. As he is a respected man by all, as well as the producer of SHOLAY and a senior in the fraternity, I went all the way to town to meet him.

There Sasha Sippy mentioned that they are interested in making a sequel to SHOLAY. He also had a storyline already worked out in his mind. As per his story after the song of "Mehbooba" Gabbar Singh sleeps with Helen, she bears the son of Gabbar Singh who was to become known as Junior Gabbar.

The big problem with the sequel of SHOLAY was that some of the cast or some of the characters have died. One of the main characters Jai died, and in reality Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan passed away. Therefore one has to make do with the remaining characters and cast and possibly creating new characters.

Helen's son wants to take revenge for his father Gabbar Singh who was behind bars because of Jai and Veeru. Veeru and Basanti keep coming to Ramgad village now and then to meet Jayaji's character Radha who is still residing in the village. They are kidnapped by junior Gabbar. Then both Veeru and Basanti's sons come to the rescue. This was the basic plot line he had in his mind.

In the above plot he wanted me to create a character for Jackie Chan.

I first thought he meant some local actor named Jackie Chan till I realized that he was talking about the Honk Kong superstar. Sasha Sippy's Jackie Chan brainwave was due to the influence of "Rush Hour" where an American and an Asian actor together gave a big hit. I found the whole thing so bizarre and I declined it and came out laughing. Little did I realize that the last laugh will be on me...!'


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