Farhan Akhtar: It is important to get permission for remakes
From the time of its announcement, Zanjeer has been in the news — thanks to the controversy the remake generated. The movie, a remake of the 1973 hit film starring Amitabh Bachchan, is now set to hit the screens next month.
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has, in the past, remade a hit Bachchan-starrer, Don (1978). Talking about the process of working on a remake during a promotional visit to our office for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, he said, “I personally have no idea what’s going on between them (the new Zanjeer makers and his father, Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan, writers of the original Zanjeer). I’m not the production company. All I can say is that when I made Don, it was important for us to get permission from every person who was involved with that film, because you are re-doing somebody else’s work. So we felt it was important.”
He added, “Everybody has their own method and way of approaching a film. I am nobody to comment on what they think is right and wrong. Would I do it the same way as them (Zanjeer 2.0 makers)? No, I don’t think so. I think it would be important for me to speak to people, which we did.”
Farhan hires a special team Farhan recently entered the Rs. 100 crore club with Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. And ever since the movie hit the screens, various sports associations have been trying to get in touch with the actor.
“Farhan’s current staff members have their hands full. Since the actor has been getting a lot of requests from these institutions for support and special appearances, he has had to hire a team just to write polite mails to all the officials,” says a source.