Rohit Shetty is one of the most successful Bollywood directors of the modern era. Most of his movies have earned massive profits putting him in the position where he sits today.
Nevertheless, he also cannot be forgiven for creating duds like Chennai Express and Bol Bachchan. These two films pissed off a certain section of the audience massively.
If recent news is anything to go by, Rohit Shetty has bought the rights to the 1989 film Ram Lakhan. Shetty is renowned for being one of the pranksters in Bollywood leading people into thinking if this remake news could be one of his pranks…but this is serious and might come to pass.
This is certainly a terrible headache for the classic movie-loving audience, the credit going to Shetty’s recent films that were not too critically successful.
Now, the director is known for his trademark which is blowing stuff up, especially cars. He somehow managed to rid that temptation for Bol Bachchan, but he recompensed the same for his subsequent films Chennai Express and Singham 2.
For the remake of Ram Lakhan, Shetty will be collaborating with Karan Johar. Karan Johar, on the other hand, is known for making family-centric movies and shoot scenes at overseas locations – two factors that contradict Shetty’s movie-making style.
One might wonder what’s too bad with Rohit Shetty directing a classic like Ram Lakhan. Well, for one, it is not his genre. Secondly, Shetty’s popularity lies in making comedy films, whereas Subhash Ghai’s Ram Lakhan though contains elements of comedy, overall, it is a revenge film.
Can Shetty pull this one off? Only the development stages of the film will tell us that.
Now we come to casting. As per rumours, Pakistani sensation Fawad Khan is likely to play Lakhan, which was originally played by Anil Kapoor. In addition, Sidharth Malhotra will play his cop brother Ram, a role that shot Jackie Shroff into limelight. The original female cast of Madhuri Dixit will be reprised by Alia Bhatt.
Ardent Bollywood lovers would have one question to ask – can these actors do justice to the characters assigned to them.
– ‘One Two Ka Four’ was a hit song back then and is still loved by the Indian audience for and in its originality. Can Fawad Khan match the steps as Anil Kapoor did back in 1989? (Besides that, accomplishing Anil Kapoor’s handlebar moustache will be a challenge, too.)
– Can Sidharth Malhotra pull off the hot cop look like Jackie Shroff?
– Can Alia Bhatt, who sports a cute and bubbly image in the industry, match the feistiness of Radha as Madhuri Dixit?
In all honesty, Rohit Shetty’s preference in making movies is totally different from what Ram Lakhan actually is. Will he be able to keep off from blowing up expensive cars in the remake or will he wittily incorporate the same in the film’s action scenes?
There are a lot of questions that need answering. No one, in the first place, would want to touch one such classic movie. But again, Bollywood has unfortunately diverted towards remaking movies than coming up with original screenplay.