Recently when Sidharth Malhotra took to Twitter to announce the commencement of the shoot of his upcoming mystery thriller, Ittefaq, a remake of 1969 Rajesh Khanna hit, fans of the original went crazy as the film in question is a brilliant thriller but not as popular as compared to other Rajesh Khanna blockbusters. The main reason for this may be the fact that it was a songless affair which is a rarity in Bollywood even today. So, in a way the makers are bringing a gem of a film with new star cast to mesmerise a whole new generation with its brilliance of the story. Considering that the likes of Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan are involved in the making of this ‘adaptation’ (as Sidharth Malhotra likes to call it), we are sure that full justice will be done to the spirit of the original film.
While the film is a long way from release yet, here are five of yesteryear films that I think deserve a remake and would make a great ‘adaptation’…
The Burning Train
This is one of the most underrated gem in the history of Indian cinema. There, I said it! As far as one can remember, this was probably the first Indian film to be shot at such a large scale involving a high speed train that catches fire, the brake-system fails, and now it’s up to Dharmendra, Jeetendra and Vinod Khanna to stop the train and save the lives of all the passengers aboard. And while the pre-release buzz for the film was great, the big multi-starrer had ultimately bombed at the box office. Considering the filmmaker was able to achieve the unthinkable in 80s imagine what can be done with this film in today’s time as far as visual aspect of the film is concerned.
Feroz Khan directed and starred alongside Vinod Khanna and Zeenat Aman in this blockbuster of 1980. The film was a rage upon release, thanks to the chartbuster tracks, taut script, bravura performances and Feroz Khan’s deft direction. Around eight years ago, there was a strong buzz that Feroz Khan was remaking the film with his son, Fardeen Khan, but that news died down when Khan Sr. passed away. We hope someone, if not Fardeen Khan, remakes this blockbuster ASAP.
The same year when Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan made everyone cry buckets with Sholay (that heart wrenching pre-climax!), there was another little film starring the duo, which was a laugh riot from start to finish. This Dharmendra-Amitabh Bachchan starrer is often termed as one of the best comedy films of Indian cinema. And rightly so, what with Dharmendra’s epic comic timing as Mohan Pyaare and Amitabh Bachchan’s goofy innocence as Prof. Sukumar. The film should be remade for the new generation. Also, not many comedies are being made in Bollywood nowadays, the last one being Housefull 3 (if you can call it that). This film is the need of the hour.
Based on the Chasnala mining disaster, this film, directed by Yash Chopra, may not be as remembered as other Amitabh Bachchan-starrers and that is exactly why it has made it to the list. This flick is remembered for the fireworks that Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan created onscreen. Also who wouldn’t want to see someone recite the famous Shatrughan Sinha dialogue, ‘Teesre Badshah Hum Hain’ on the big screen all over again? Also read: Sonakshi Sinha: I have not seen the old Ittefaq, so for me I am doing a new film
Amar Akbar Anthony
Just like Qurbani, there have been several rumours of this yesteryear blockbuster being remade but there is no truth to any of it. Starring Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, the original deserves a remake, especially considering the kind of sub-standard masala films that we’ve been subjected to lately.