Actor Hrithik Roshan, who plays the protagonist in filmmaker Karan Johar's tribute to his father Yash Johar's 1990 cult film Agneepath by the same name, said that he does not like remakes but agreed to take up this project because it has very little resemblance to the original.
This version of the film is conceived and directed by Karan Malhotra. "I was never interested in doing remakes, I am still not interested in doing remakes and I don't think I will ever do a remake. When I was narrated the script, in 10 miniutes he made me forget that it was a remake and made me forget all the symbolic visuals I had in mind and I just reacted as an actor. I am very, very proud to be associated with this film," Hrithik told reporters at the launch of the first teaser of the film here on Monday.
"I am just driven by my instincts. Whatever my mind says, my instincts just take over. He just made me forget about all the emotions I had about this film and he took me to a completely different world, with a completely new character," he added.
The original Agneepath directed by Mukul Anand, wasn't commercially successful but gave an iconic character Vijay Deenanath Chauhan that fetched megastar Amitabh Bachchan a National Award for Best Actor.
Asked if he had reprised any traits of the original character, Hrithik said: "I didn't have any reference point. I only had what Karan (Malhotra) had written in the script and it was absolutely a new space, which was a good thing, as I didn't want to have a reference point."
Hrithik maintains that if he had to compete with Big B, he would have definitely failed. "If the competition had been in my mind then I would have definitely failed. For me it's just another character," said Hrithik.
Releasing Jan 12, 2012, the film also features actor Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and actress Priyanka Chopra in pivotal roles.