Even as remakes have become the flavour of the season in Bollywood, actor Amitabh Bachchan reveals that he does not favour the trend.
“Abhishek and I feel that a classic should be left the same. People who are doing remakes have the rights to the original films, so they can do it,” says Bachchan, whose films like Satte Pe Satta and Agneepath are currently being remade. He adds that there was a generation that loved K L Saigal as Devdas.
“For my generation, Dilip Kumar was the ultimate Devdas. And for today’s youth, it is Shah Rukh Khan. Tastes and preferences change with generations as one goes about remaking the same product. After some years people might feel that Shah Rukh is the original Don.” Interestingly, Bachchan played the popular character in the 1978 original.
He also insisted that he was not a trendsetter for the ‘angry young man’ characters. “There were few of them before me, the most prominent one being Duttsaab (Sunil Dutt) in Mother India,” Bachchan argues.
He adds that his own ‘angry young man’ character clicked because the youth were perceived to be angry with the system.
Having recently sung for upcoming release Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, the 68-year-old says, “The soft lyrical quality of music has disappeared. I hope that my song, ‘Haal-e-dil…’ will revive that kind of music.” He explains that he is unhappy with the lack of good dialogue in movies, unlike films like Deewar (’75) and Trishul (’78), whose dialogues are remembered even today. “Today, there is no longevity,” he laments.