Classics are not meant to be remade. But in Bollywood the remake of classic films isn’t a new trend.
With Shashanka Ghosh’s Khoobsurat, starring Sonam Kapoor, lined up for release this week, we are super-excited. Inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980-hit film of the same name, starring Rekha and Rakesh Roshan, the new Khoobsurat promises double the fun and buoyancy. A modern-day fairy tale of a physiotherapist falling in love with a prince. Charming, isn’t it?
Even though most of the remakes receive flak from the film critics and the public, the industry never gives up. Let’s recap the highs and lows of Bollywood classic films that got revamped with fresh narratives:
Devdas (1955), Devdas (2002), Dev D (2009)
Devdas is a film that grows on you. The tragic end of the protagonist leaves us devastated. Based on the timeless novel by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, Bimal Roy’s Devdas earned rave reviews. The exceptional direction and the stellar performances made Devdas an all-time classic by the ace filmmaker. In 2002, Devdas got a grand remake by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Starring Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit, the new Devdas was a starry affair. In 2009, Anurag Kashyap gave Devdas a jaw-dropping remake. The trippy-remake of the film left us bombed and we craved for more. This is perhaps one of Abhay Deol’s best performances ever.
Don (1978), Don (2006), Don (2011)
This 1978-film by Chandra Barot starring Amitabh Bachchan has gained a cult status over the years. Later, the King Khan of Bollywood – Shahrukh Khan took over the role of Don and once again ruled the Box Office. The success of the film encouraged the makers to go for a sequel in 2011. Even though it clashed with Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Don 2 was received positively by cinegoers.
Umrao Jaan (1981), Umrao Jaan (2006)
Not all remakes are successful. The remake of Muzaffar Ali’s excellent 1981-film Umrao Jaan by J.P Dutta, was a major blooper. Both the films, featured two gorgeous divas in Bollywood – Rekha and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The former without doubt takes the cake. J.P Dutta’s Umrao Jaan (2006) was criticized for its glossy romance and weepy melodrama.
Himmatwala (1983), Himmatwala (2013)
The 1983-film starring Jitendra and Sridevi, was the biggest hit that year. When Sajid Khan‘s Himmatwala released on 2013, social media went bonkers with jokes on the film. The best one is "It needs a Himmatwala to watch Himmatwala". This sums it up.
Agneepath (1990), Agneepath (2012)
The 1990-film starring Amitabh Bachchan is an epic film. After two decades, the chiseled Greek God – Hrithik Roshan playing Vijay Deenanath Chauhan battled it out against the evil Kancha Cheena (Sanjay Dutt). The success of the film proved that remakes in Bollywood can work out well, if done the right way.
Even though we all have mixed feelings towards remakes, the trend is never going to die. Will Sonam Kapoor‘s Khoobsurat captivate our hearts? Watch out for the Royal Misfit on September 19.