Shah Rukh Khan has reportedly met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief, Raj Thackeray assuring him that Mahira Khan, the former’s co-star in Raees, set to release on January 25 won’t visit India for the film’s promotion. That’s quite a surrender, if we may perceive it to be, given there is no official government ban on Pakistani artistes from working in India. Yet, SRK keeping the past in mind, has preferred to buy peace.
But, let’s not forget there are films in the pipeline, that have actors from across the border. The Sridevi starrer Mom has popular Pakistani TV actor Adnan Siddiqui playing her on-screen husband and the very beautiful Sajal Ali from Lahore, essaying the role of her daughter. Pakistani star Saba Qamar, is cast opposite Irrfan in Hindi Medium. So, what will be MNS’ take on the future of these two films?
That will be worth an observation, but let’s get a bit imaginative. Let’s pick five Bollywood films that could be remade with Indian and Pakistani actors on board. Here’s a dekko:
Guide: The Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman starrer stands qualified enough to be remade with Ranbir Kapoor and Pakistani actress Maya Ali in the lead. Guide was supposed to be recreated by the late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh with Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan, but the project never took off. Both Ranbir and Maya are good looking and powerful actors and would be the ideal candidates to star in the remake. And who should direct the film? Why not Karan Johar?
Deewaar: Considered as the film that catapulted Amitabh Bachchan to super stardom, let’s ask Aditya Chopra to remake the film with Ajay Devgn (yes he still can at this age) and Fawad Khan playing the characters played by Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor respectively. Adi wouldn’t quite shirk this responsibility, as this gives him a chance to work on a film that was helmed by his father, Late Yash Chopra. Just envisage the famous Mere pass Maa hain sequence with Ajay and Fawad. The two for sure would complement each other in the film.
Dostana: And it’s Big B again and this time it’s his blockbuster Dostana with Shatrughan Sinha giving him company. For Dostana, probably Ranveer Singh (playing Big B’s character) and Ahsan Khan from Pakistan, in Sinha’s role would be a casting coup of a sort. And we would offer Sanjay Gupta to remake the film giving it his own interpretation. The maker with a penchant for style would do justice to the new version of the film.
Kinara: Gulzar directed Jeetendra, Dharmendra and Hema Malini in this love story that is also known for RD Burman’s outstanding scores. If we are looking at a remake, then Saba Qamar will step into The Dream Girl’s shoes and we would rope in Hrithik Roshan to play Jeetendra’s character. Dharmendra who played a cameo could make way for Fawad Khan. And can we request Gulzar Saab to don the director’s hat once again?
Maine Pyar Kiya: This film made Salman Khan a star overnight and even he could love to see it being recreated. And it would be a wise decision to cast Varun Dhawan and Pakistani actress Sajal Ali in the lead. Both are young and their chemistry would set the screen on fire. And Sooraj Barjatiya himself can remake his film.
By the way, this is totally a work of imagination of the author, but deep down, politics and culture should be kept at a distance from each other. Yes, the tensions between India and Pakistan are only escalating, but let’s make an effort, at least to bridge the gap. And films can play a huge role in this regard. So, any takers?