Ramesh Sippy Is Okay With A Sholay Remake But On One Condition
Remakes are not new to Bollywood. God knows we’ve had to deal with some terrible remixes of popular Bollywood songs in the past few years. Hence, it comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone that director Ramesh Sippy doesn’t favour the idea of Sholay being recreated.
“I am not really keen to recreate Sholay unless one can imagine a way to represent it in a very different way. Otherwise, remaking is something I would not like to do as far Sholay is considered. It does not mean that I am against remakes — many films have been remade beautifully but it’s not that easy. It’s how you recreate the whole world of a particular film and genre (that matters),” Sippy told IANS.
In 2007, Ram Gopal Varma did try recreating a Sholay and the end result was Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag but not only did the film bomb at the box office, but it was also massively ridiculed by critics.
“From making so many actors work together to involving high-octane action sequences and introducing people to the concept of a 70mm screen, creating ‘Sholay’ was a huge challenge. I am glad that our efforts did not go in vain. People liked our film, appreciated it and even 45 years later they still talk about it. It feels great to be associated with such a remarkable project,” Sippy said.
Sippy is known for many popular Bollywood films like Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta, Shaan, Shakti, Saagar and also his 80s serial Buniyaad.