The idea of remakes of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan's films has always appealed B-towners! Quite some time back news was rife that producer Rajat Rawail is keen on doing a remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer KAALIA and that he has even picked up Hindi remake rights.
However, recently we learnt that the original director of KAALIA; Tinnu Anand is rather going to helm the remake. “A lot of people have been coming to me asking for KAALIA remake. There was also an announcement that Rajat Rawail is recreating KAALIA. He was going ahead and had plans to make the film. This kind of made me curious. A lot of people even suggested me and then I decided KAALIA is such a ripe subject so why shouldn't I make it myself instead of others doing it?” says the actor-filmmaker, who is returning to direction after a long hiatus.
Tinnu ji further discloses why he thought of KAALIA remake, “Of late I have been watching lot of remakes being made in Bollywood. KAALIA happens to be my favourite scripts because of its writing, powerful characters and much more. So, I thought why not have a new version of it? Right now I am working on a new screenplay of KALLU SE KAALIA, title of remake. KAALIA IS BACK is a tentative title.”
Quiz Tinnu ji, if he decided about KAALIA remake in the wake of number of remakes being made of Big B's films (DON, AGNEEPATH, ZANJEER, SHOLAY) and if it's a successful formula for filmmakers, and he says, “It's nothing like that. ZANJEER and SHOLAY were not successful. Basically, the story of KAALIA is very strong and characters are extremely fascinating. It's right time to do remake of KAALIA.”
Interestingly, KAALIA is the only remake (of Amitabh Bachchan's films) where we will have the original director recreating it. And Tinnu ji is also excited for the same. “That's the main idea! I thought it's an interesting exercise to have once made the film and then correct it (smiles). Who better than the original director can do it? Basically I am very happy to have strong foundation to a good story and then working on it being the director and writer on it myself. And that gives me all the more reason that I should be directing it. I am going to relive KAALIA,” expresses Tinnu ji with a delight.
He further reveals the plans about new KAALIA saying, “People do remember the iconic dialogues of the film. The dialogues were the mainstay of the film, especially between Pran Saab and Amitabh Bachchan (lead stars of the film). That sort of established strong characters in the film. And I intend do the same with the new one as well. The film was shot in 1977 and released in 1981. It's been a long time. Generations have changed, times have changed, the speed, the lives of people, everything has changed. So, I will have to make the changes in the script accordingly. You will see a modernized version which fits as per today's times.”
Well, we are equally eager to check out the KAALIA remake with Tinnu ji, the original maker, being at the helm of affairs!
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