Abhishek Bachchan will not star in Zanjeer remake


Abhishek Bachchan will not star in Zanjeer remakeFilmmaker Apoorva Lakhia is remaking the film that became Amitabh Bachchan’s ticket to the fast track, making him a part of Hindi movie lore as the angry young man

The trend of remaking cult films is gaining steam, especially now that Karan Malhotra’s remake of Agneepath has struck gold at the BO. News is that Apoorva Lakhia of Shootout At Lokhandwala fame is remaking another Amitabh Bachchan cult film, Zanjeer, which catapulted him to superstardom after a string of flops. South superstar Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja has bagged the lead role of the intense cop earlier played by the Big B. The makers of the new version of Zanjeer did consider casting Abhishek Bachchan, but somehow that didn’t work out and the film became the launch vehicle for Ram Charan’s Bollywood career.

The details of the remake are still not very clear, but our friendly birdie says that the makers are confident that the new movie will work, even though the times it is set in have changed. The female lead hasn’t been cast yet and it is heard that the makers are keen on a fresh face. We wonder who will play the part of Sher Khan, brilliantly essayed by Pran, and of the villain, played by Ajit, in the original. Amitabh has been very vocal about his dislike for remakes, but the trend is catching on, just like the growing popularity of remaking superhit South Indian films. Do you think it would have been worked if the makers of the new one had cast Jr Bachchan? Could it have changed his career in Bollywood, the way the original did for his father? We can only wonder…