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Big B mum on ZANJEER controversy

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Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan chose to maintain silence over the recent controversy that has sparked to life regarding the remake of ZANJEER.

The original film starring the 'Angry Young Man' himself along with his wife Jaya Bachchan was a 1973 blockbuster directed by Prakash Mehra and co-written by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.

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Mehra's son Amit has decided to take up the mantle and while the writer duo of Salim-Javed has gone up in arms against the project, Amitabh brushed his hands off the matter.

''I have been out of touch with all this so I can't really answer,'' Big B said.

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His remark comes as a deep contrast to both Khan and Akhtar's resentment, both of whom claimed to have not been asked for permission for the project.

''We are not doing a charity. It's a business. There is copyright. If they give us the price we will definitely give our permission. We had sold the rights to Prakash Mehra for making the film once, not over and over again. Five years ago we had charged Rs 1 crore from Excel Entertainment and director and co-producer Farhan for the DON remake and now these people are making it into two languages,'' Khan had earlier said.

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Akhtar treading along similar lines had earlier said, ''There are two things. Firstly they have to acquire the rights from us and secondly they have to tell us about the changes they want to make and such changes should be acceptable to us.''

Salim's son and Bollywood actor Salman Khan had earlier supported the move of remaking ZANJEER.

''I feel 100 percent …a remake of ZANJEER should be made. It was a super hit film,'' he had said.

With the bank rolling success of the latest remake of another superhit venture starring Amitabh Bachchan, AGNEEPATH, the decision to redo ZANJEER is hardly a surprise but now it remains to be seen what happens with the controversy gripping the project even before its onset.

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