June 30, 2010 01:12:24 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
Ever since Karan Johar announced the remake of this Amitabh Bachchan starrer cult modern day classic, audience has waited with bated breath to know more about its progress. Even though Karan hadn't announced any timelines for the shooting of the film and the subsequent release, there has been widespread excitement about AGNEEPATH for close to one year now.
"Well, the current status around AGNEEPATH is that the film's screenplay has been finalized. I am mighty excited about the work that has gone in because it is beyond anything that I have done in the past", says Karan who is currently deep neck involved in the promotional activities of his upcoming release I HATE LUV STORYS.
There have been speculations galore about the AGNEEPATH remake which would be directed by first timer Karan Malhotra. While names like Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan have been thrown around, there is no announcement that has come from Karan Johar.
"I have maintained this earlier and I am stating this again, no one has been finalized yet for AGNEEPATH. When an announcement has to happen, it will be official", is all that Karan is willing to state around the casting.
However, he is happy to talk about the emotional process of making the film. "My father was quite attached to the film and he was truly disheartened when the film didn't work at the box office. It is such an irony that though it didn't connect with the audience then, today it is being hailed as a cult classic", he says with regret written all over his face.
The fact that AGNEEPATH is doing extremely well on home video and satellite circuits is heartening for Karan. However, that is not really enough for Johar junior who wishes to bring the story again in an all new avtar.
"It is my ambition and dream to fulfill my father's dream to ensure that the story reaches out to the widest possible audience through theaters", he says, "Keeping today's sensibilities in mind, we are tweaking it appropriately as well. Karan Malhotra is looking at the film differently and hence we wanted to invest a good amount of time in getting the screenplay perfect."