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Amitabh Bachchan: May be it was a mistake to remake 'Sholay'

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was part of Ram Gopal Varma's "Aag", the remake version of "Sholay", says may be it was a mistake to revisit the iconic film.

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

In 1975, director Ramesh Sippy made "Sholay" with Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Badhuri, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Asrani, A K Hangal and others.

The action-adventure went on to become the biggest hit fim of Indian cinema. It completes 40 years tomorrow. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma helmed the remake of "Sholay" with Amitabh Bachchan, south star Mohanlal, Ajay Devgn, Prashant Raj Sachdev and Sushmita Sen. The film drew a lot of criticism and bombed at the box office.

When asked what made him experiment with "Aag", Big B said, "That you ask him (Ram Gopal Varma). Whenever a film is made and I am part of it ...whatever mistakes would have happened (failure) or whatever good things would have happened I take responsibility for that.

"I feel an actor and a director should be held responsible for the failure of a film. I won't say I made a mistake. I worked on the film with all honesty... may be it was not a right decision... we accept that," he said.

Bachchan, however seemed to be uncertain on the concept of remakes.

"I can't put my finger on it. I feel if I am part of a remake film I take it as a compliment. Whether a film should be remade or not is the decision of producers and artists involved. Some films have been made and they have been successful but it is a debate... in a way it is like complimenting the original and in a way saying don't touch the original because that is the best."

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