Last heard, the battle over the remake of the 1973 film Zanjeer had cleared up with the Bombay high court giving producer Amit Mehra a green signal. However, now we hear that the Supreme Court has issued a stay order on the film's release.
Ram Charan Teja is set to play Amitabh Bachchan's role in the remake of Zanjeer. The film also stars Priyanka Chopra.
Apparently, the SC has ordered the arbitrator to complete the arbitration proceedings expeditiously and positively within the next six weeks. This order comes in the wake of Amit's brothers, Sumeet and Puneet, approaching it against the HC order.
For those who are unaware, Mehra's remake had run into trouble when his brothers Sumeet and Puneet terminated the contract that gave him the remake rights in the first place citing non-payment of dues.
The Zanjeer remake which features Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt, Sri Hari, Prakash Raj and Mahie Gill was slated for release this June.
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"It's important to take consent while making a remake and more so if the person has the rights of the film. There are times when writers either relinquish or give out their rights. In this (Zanjeer) case the remake rights were with dad and Javed saheb... so if this film had to be made so at least their approval should have been taken," Arbaaz told PTI. READ STORY
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SPOTTED! Priyanka Chopra. Sanjay Dutt on sets of Zanjeer
The world famous Peter F. Drucker once said, "If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old."
Well, little did he know that there will be a time when an iconic film like Zanjeer will be remade, and comparisons between the old and the new are just inevitable when we talk of remakes.
While the older version had Jaya Bachchan playing the role of Mala, the newer one has Priyanka Chopra, who also tweeted an 'on the sets' image from the film. CHECK'EM OUT
(With additional inputs)