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Salman won't remake Amar Akbar Anthony

Actor Salman Khan, who will be seen in four sequels, says he won't remake Amar Akbar Anthony because he doesn’t want to duplicate Amitabh Bachchan.

bollywood Updated: Aug 25, 2010 18:43 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times

Look what’s common between Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan? SRK’s Don 2 gets rolling in November, while the other three stars should pop up in Golmaal 3, Munnabhai 2 and Singh Is Kinng 2 respectively by next year. But Salman is the only actor who will feature in as many as four sequels, three of them with Boney Kapoor alone.

The producer of No Entry and Wanted has already spoken to him about a Part 2 for both films, and has confirmed Anees Bazmee and Prabhudeva as the directors. Kapoor is also keen to rope in Salman as the modern-day Mogambo for the Mr India sequel.

The actor confirms this but adds, "I don’t know which of these Boney will eventually make." He however admits that he is definitely doing Partner 2 with David Dhawan. Interestingly, even before the release of Partner, Salman had announced the sequel.

SalmanBuzz is that he’s also teaming up with buddy Aamir Khan to bring Amar and Prem back on screen in the sequel of Rajkumar Santoshi’s cult comedy, Andaaz Apna Apna. Salman insists that will happen only if they can come up with a script that is better than the original. "I recently took part in an Andaaz Apna Apna quiz when at a radio station in Delhi," he says. "There were four levels, I couldn’t even get through the first one. And to think that I’ve done the film, strange na?"

Salman was also keen on remaking Manmohan Desai’s Amar Akbar Anthony and at his behest, producer Ramesh Taurani had acquired the rights of the cult classic from Desai’s son Ketan. The remake was to feature all three Khan brothers, Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail, and was to be directed by David Dhawan. But the project has been aborted.

“Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) is outstanding in the film and started a trend of sorts. If I did the scenes differently, people would be disappointed.

And if I did something similar, they’d compare me to him. That’s why I decided against remaking the movie,” he says, adding with a smile “But I sure wouldn’t mind playing Auro from Paa.”

First Published: Aug 21, 2010 13:57 IST