Satish Kaushik's version of Karz will retain three of Laxmikant-Pyarelal's songs, namely Dard-e-Dil, Om Shanti Om and the theme song Ek Haseena Thi.
This gives Himesh Reshammiya, who is composing the music as well as playing the main lead, a chance to pay homage to his idols.
Reshammiya, who sees himself as LP's inheritor, insisted on having Dard-e-dil in the movie as it is one of his all-time favourites.
"But even the adapted songs will be interpreted in a new way. They'll be sung and redesigned by Reshammiya. And just as in the original, the theme Ek Hasina Thi will be used in the background throughout my film," Kaushik told IANS.
The poor fate of Ram Gopal Varma's Sholay remake notwithstanding, the extended spell of remakes continues. Kaushik is halfway through the scripting of the film.
"My remake will be very different from Subhash Ghai's film. It's of course being done with Reshammiya's personality in mind. My Karz will highlight the protagonist's role as a rock star. I don't want to focus that much on the reincarnation theme. I've done many remakes earlier. Does my Tere Naam look anything like the original Telugu film?"