Remaking old classics is a risky business, but comedy king David Dhawan is going ahead in any case. The director with the funny bone is all set to remake Sai Paranjpye’s 1981 cult comedy Chashme Buddoor, and one of the original film’s leads, Farooque Sheikh, believes Dhawan will succeed only if he comes up with a brilliant script. Actor Ali Zafar plays Farooque Shaikh in the remake.
Sheikh, who played one of the three students around whom the story revolved, says the original film’s success was a result of director Sai Paranjpye’s excellent effort as a writer. “In original Chashme Buddoor the best work was of Sai Paranjpye. She wrote such a good script and (also) successfully extracted that out of us on screen as well. The film was 80% Paranjpye’s efforts,” said Farooque, who romances Deepti Naval in the original.
“Now, if David Dhawan can get some equally good writer for the remake, the film will turn out to be really good,” he added.
The original Chashme Buddoor, produced by Gul Anand, was about three students of Delhi University — Siddharth (Farooque), Omi (Rakesh Bedi) and Jai (Ravi Baswani) — who stay back during one summer vacation and how a girl Neha (Deepti) comes into their lives.
Farooque, meanwhile, will soon be seen in the film Listen Amaya in which he works with his Chashme Buddoor co-star after almost 28 years.