Screen legend Pran, who was today
honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award here,
seems to be ok with the remake of 1973 superhit film
Zanjeer, where he played the iconic Sher Khan.
Directed and produced by Prakash Mehra, the film marked
the arrival of Amitabh Bachchan as the 'Angry Young Man'. It
was also the peak of a new trend where aging villains like
Pran went versatile and took up strong character roles to hold
on to their territory.
The new version, being directed by Apoorva Lakhia, will
see Telugu actor Ram Charan, son of Chiranjeevi, stepping into
Big B's shoes, while Priyanka Chopra will reprise the role of
On the veteran actor's reaction about the remake, his
daughter Pinky told PTI, "Amit Mehra (Prakash's son) had come
to take his blessings and he was okay with it. But he hasn't
The role of Sher Khan, essayed by the 93-year-old in the
original, is being played by Sanjay Dutt now.
"Sanjay is tied up with work. He did say he wanted to
come and meet daddy. But he couldn't come," Pinky said.
The remake has been in news for a while regarding
copyright and royalty issues. Noted writers -- Salim Khan and
Javed Akhtar -- who scripted the original, have been fighting
for the intellectual rights of the new version.
To this, Pinky says, "Daddy is out of all this."