After ‘Don’ and ‘Agneepath’ its time for another of Amitabh Bachchan’s cult classic’s ‘Zanjeer’ to be remade.
The movie is directed by Apoorva Lakhia and produced by Amit Mehra, son of late Prakash Mehra, who directed and produced the original.
Before starting on this venture Apoorva Lakhia had sought out Amitabh Bachchan’s consent to make the remake.
The director had even approached Abhishek Bachchan to play the lead role in the movie. But Abhishek Bachchan refused to star in the movie saying that he dint want to put himself in direct comparison with his father.
“Apu and Junior (that's what Lakhia calls Abhishek), go back a long way. From the time Apu made his first film ‘Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost’, either Abhishek or his father or both have featured in all his films. Apu couldn't dream of doing ‘Zanjeer’ with any other actor except Abhishek. So the first thing he did when he decided to remake ‘Zanjeer’ was to drive down to the Bachchan residence and offer Inspector Vijay's role to Abhishek,” said a source to Mumbai Mirror.
As Abhishek Bachchan refused to be a part of the movie, Lakhia approached Amitabh Bachchan to do a cameo in the movie. And according to the sources Amitabh Bachchan agreed to feature in the movie.
But when asked the director just said, “Right now, it's really too early to talk about the extent of Mr. Bachchan's participation in Zanjeer. But yes, I can't dream of remaking Zanjeer without Mr. Bachchan, Jaya Ji and Abhishek's participation. The project has their blessing and support. Beyond that, it's too early to say anything.”
The movie stars Telugu star Ram Charan Teja in the lead role. It was recently rumored that Priyanka Chopra would play the female lead.