Comparisons and court cases aside, Ram Gopal Varma is sparing no efforts in ensuring that his version of Sholay stands apart. Sticking to the basic plot, he has twisted the screenplay in his own style. And he’s also relying on his casting to make the impact.
Like Sanjeev Kumar, the Thakur in the original film, Mohan Lal’s character in Varma’s version is also armless. The only difference is he sports a beard and wears a black kurta with long sleeves.
In the original, Jai and Veeru stood to gain Rs 50,000 to catch Gabbar, the new Jai (Prashant Raj) and Veeru (Ajay Devgan) are getting Rs 8 lakh from Thakur to catch Gabbar Singh (Amitabh Bachchan).
“The screenplay is mind-blowing. You’ve to see it to believe what Ramu has done to it,” said Ajay Devgan.
Varma is currently filming the altered version of the post-Holi sequence. For starters, the sequence of the post-festivities when gangsters take the locals by surprise, is a night sequence, which is being filmed at Kamalistan Studios these days.
Another scene that Varma interprets differently is when Veeru falls at Gabbar’s feet and begs for mercy—in the original, Jai falls at Gabbar’s feet. For reasons best known to him, Varma asked them to continue the dialogue as he was getting a good shot.
At the end of a rather extended scene, Bachchan (who is playing Gabbar) remarked, “Aye Ramu! Tum film bana rahe ho ya mazaak kar rahe ho, yaar?” (Hey Ramu! Are you making a film or having us on?)
For a realistic answer, we will have to wait till Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay hits the cinemas next year.