New Delhi: Sajid Khan’s much-hyped ‘HIMMATWALA’ starring Ajay Devgan and Tamanna, the remake of 80s’ Bollywood cult hit of the same name, has failed to break any new ground.

The success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas may have got film-makers on to the bandwagon of remaking super-hits of yesteryears, thinking it to be a safe bet at the box office, but Sajid’s Himmatwala painted a terrible picture as it triggering the debate on Bollywood’s mantra of old wine in a new bottle.

Barring a few, majority of the remakes have failed miserably making it clear that audiences will not accept them just because they are remakes of Bollywood classics.

Since the trend of remaking has become extremely popular, Jagran Post lists down the prominent hit and flop remakes of Bollywood classics.

The flops

1. Sajid’s Himmatwala (2013): While remakes are all about lending to classics a newer perspective, Sajid’s Himmatwala shifts between a spoof and a remake. Repeating the same 1983 mother-son drama and hero-villain chemistry, the movie lacked punches to keep audiences glued to the screen. The The film failed for its lack of vision, bad dilogues and creating a poor replica of a 1983 mediocre film in 2013. While the movie has been slammed unanimously, it has come as blow to all Ajay Devgn fans. Sajid’s overconfidence in creating much hype about Himmatwala went ahead to hammer down the expectations.

2. Karzzz(2008): The Karzzz directed by Satish Kaushik was a remake of Karz (1980). The film starring Himesh Reshamiya opened very strongly upon its release, but later became a disaster at the box office due to its high price selling cost. The hype created upon the film's trailer and Himesh Reshammiya's popularity were reasons behind the high price selling cost. It was a complete bizarre movie and failed to recreate the magic of remake of 80's Rishi Kapoor starrer Karz.

3. Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag (2007): Everybody loves Ramesh Sippy’s all time blockbuster Sholay (1975). Ram Gopal Varma, evidently, loved it a little too much. Result? He ended up making the worst film ever. The film was an official remake of the classical success film, Sholay. The remake featured Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Prashant Raj Sachdev and Sushmita Sen in lead roles amongst others. It released on 31st August 2007, and received negative response worldwide, totally unlike the original. Rather, RGV’s Aag was slammed to be the most disastrous remake film ever made in the history of Hindi cinema. Aag was heavily panned by critics, and became the biggest Bollywood flop of the year 2007.

4. JP Dutta’s Umrao Jaan (2006): The much anticipated remake by JP Dutta starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan was a total washout at the box office. The classic remade only to get pathetic comments like it was disgusting to see Aishwarya as beauty without brains. The glossy Umrao Jaan with lackluster performance and deficient direction could not reiterate the magic immortalized by Rekha in the original classic.

The Hits

Agneepath (2012): Amitabh Bachchan starrer 1990's ‘Agneepath’ was another cult hit which was remade in 2012. The major plot of the original films stays the same, but much of the movie was different. The larger-than-life legacy of the original was way too powerful but the Hrithik Rosha-starrer Agneepath was termed as the very first hit film in the year 2012.  "Agneepath" did very well at the box office, but failed to necessarily beat out the original.

Farhan Akhtar’s Don (2006): In 2006, Bollywood remade the 1978 classic"Don" starring Amitabh Bachchan. Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood's biggest star, took on the iconic role. The plot was nearly identical, except for the technological updates, such as using a disc instead of a red notebook. Not wanting to make a copy, the filmmakers added a twist. That twist, and SRK's convincing acting, made "Don" a hit. "Don" quite possibly made filmmakers decide that remakes make money and thus began the remake obsession.

Devdas: 2002 Devdas is a novel adapted film based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novella Devdas. This is the third Hindi version and the first colour film version of the story in Hindi. At the time of its release, Devdas was the most expensive Bollywood film ever produced, with a reported budget of Rs 50 crores. It’s not beat out the original classic film but yes it was the best movie ever which shoed myriad shades of love. Devdas was declared hit in India by Box Office India. The film was recently included in Time Magazine's top 10 movies of the millennium worldwide.

Remakes are difficult to pull off, so much so that one wonders why people even try in the first place.  With so many flop remakes out of hit originals, it is now to be seen whether the upcoming remake of 1973 Bollywood blockbuster Zanzeer will warm the cockles of fans’ heart or not.


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