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Sholay to Aag: What Amitabh Bachchan Said About RGV's Remake

  | August 15, 2015 10:03 IST (Mumbai)
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Big B in a still from Aag

"Whenever a film is made and I am part of it. Whatever mistakes would have happened (failure) or whatever good things would have happened I take responsibility for that," Big B said

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was part of Ram Gopal Varma's Aag, the remake of Sholay, said it may have been a mistake to revisit the iconic film.
In 1975, director Ramesh Sippy made Sholay with Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Badhuri, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Asrani, A K Hangal and others.
The action-adventure went on to become the biggest hit film of Indian cinema. It completes 40 years tomorrow.
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma helmed the remake of Sholay with Amitabh Bachchan, south star Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn, Prashant Raj Sachdev and Sushmita Sen. The film drew a lot of criticism and bombed at the box office.
When asked what made him experiment with Aag, Big B said, "That you ask him (Ram Gopal Varma). Whenever a film is made and I am part of it. Whatever mistakes would have happened (failure) or whatever good things would have happened I take responsibility for that.
I feel an actor and a director should be held responsible for the failure of a film. I won't say I made a mistake. I worked on the film with all honesty. Maybe it was not a right decision, we accept that," he said.
Mr Bachchan, however, seemed to be uncertain about the concept of remakes.
"I can't put my finger on it. I feel if I am part of a remake film I take it as a compliment. Whether a film should be remade or not is the decision of producers and artists involved. Some films have been made and they have been successful but it is a debate. In a way it is like complementing the original and in a way saying don't touch the original because that is the best," Big B said.

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