Why a remake?
Why not?.. as long as there is no copyright problem. Obviously, if the original filmmaker doesn't want his work to be remade then it's different. In the case of Victoria No. 203, Kamal Sadanah had the copyright of the film, which was made by his father.
If people want to see an old film in the current context, so be it. The rest depends on the film's credibility. In fact, Ananth Mahadevan and I worked in Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, and we were planning another project.. but it didn't work out. Kamal and he finally decided on this remake.
How many times have you seen the original?
I saw it a long time ago. I knew it was a huge hit. Ananth asked me not to see it again since he was making a lot of changes to my character, originally played by Navin Nischol.
You said it's not the usual remake. Elaborate.
A couple of interesting characters have been added. In fact, when you are modernising something you have to make some additions. We have Preeti's (Jhangiani) character, which is stylish - sometimes positive, sometimes negative.
The film is not driven by one character. In the original, the oldies (played by Pran and Ashok Kumar) were so hilarious. It's like revisiting them.
One remake you would like to be part of…
Shakti. I would love to play Amitabh Bachchan's role.
How was it working with Sonia Mehra (she plays the role Saira Banu did in the original)?
She is hardworking. She learnt to ride the victoria. I tried it once but gave up. Controlling a horse in the middle of traffic isn't easy. But she went through training for 15-20 days. She is a good dancer and also worked hard on the scenes.