Can you ever remake a classic? It requires a lot of thought and guts to do so, since comparisons with the original blockbuster would be inevitable. But Farhan Akhtar, the maker of Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya, is doing just that!
Farhan has decided to remake the Big B-Zeenat Aman hit DON, scripted by his father Javed along with Salim Khan in the 1970s. Currently, Farhan is working on the screenplay of the film, giving it a contemporary feel and if all goes well, he should start the project later this year. And yes, the whiz kid has roped in Shah Rukh Khan to essay the role that Bachchan had enacted in the original.
Although tightlipped about the film [Farhan is media-shy!], the director did confirm to this writer that he's working on Don. “I am still working on the script. It's an interesting idea, but I need to see how it unfolds on paper first and on screen subsequently. Shah Rukh has also okayed the concept in principle, but we will take a decision once we are through with the script,” Farhan tells me.
If the idea clicks - of remaking a yesteryear hit - it could well spark off a trend in Bollywood. After all, it's the idea that clicks eventually!