Locked up at home and nowhere to go? Fret no more. With social distancing the buzzword today and even the Prime Minister urging us to stay indoors, the best way to spend time with your family is to watch remakes of classic Hindi films. With movie theatres closed, it makes sense to sit back, enjoy and have pure fun. (Word of caution: Try making your own popcorn at home).
Bollywood knows how to turn to old classics for inspiration. Take for instance, the 1978 laugh-riot Pati Patni Aur Woh, an iconic Bollywood laugh riot starring Sanjeev Kumar, Vidya Sinha and Ranjeeta Kaur. The remake of this classic film, which is a modern take on the age-old infidelity, was recently remade with Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday and Bhumi Pednekar.
Here’s looking at a few cult movies that will help you kill the boredom.
1. Umrao Jaan
Based on Mirza Hadi Ruswa’s novel ‘Umrao Jaan Ada’, this was a remake of the 1981 classic starring Rekha. The J.P Dutta film had Aishwarya Rai playing the famous courtesan and Shabana Azmi the brothel owner Khannum Jaan in Lucknow.
With the title taken from one of Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poem, Amitabh Bachchan played the protagonist Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in this 1990 film. Two decades later, Hrithik Roshan breathes fire and soul in Agneepath to revenge his father’s death. The remake also performed superbly at the box office.
This 1983 film, which was a remake of a 1981 Telegu film ‘Ooriki Monagadu’ starred Jitendra and Sridevi. With a catchy soundtrack, Sajid Khan tried his hand in remaking this film in 2013 with Tamannaah Bhatia and Ajay Devgn – only to fall flat on his face.
This one’s the absolute favourite with Indian filmmakers. This iconic film based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name has been made seven times from 1935 to 2013 in Bengali, Hindi, Assamese and Telegu! In 2002, film-maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was inspired by the 1955 Dilip Kumar-Vyjayanthimala Hindi version. The 2002 remake had Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit playing the lead roles. The USP of this film was the soundtrack and the opulent sets which made it the highest-grossing film in 2002.
The Hindi-Telugu bilingual starring Ram Charan was directed by Apoorva Lakhia in 2013. It was a remake of the 1973 Amitabh Bachchan blockbuster in which Ram Charan reprised Amitabh Bachchan’s eponymous role.