Sholay @40: Who can play modern day Jai-Veeru?
If Sholay, that celebrates 40th anniversary today, were to made again, who can make for the best Gabbar, Veeru, Jai and Basanti from the new crop of actors?Updated: Aug 15, 2015 14:07 IST
Old: Amjad Khan. Devious, ruthless, vengeful.
New: Ajay Devgn. God, so intense. Also, we need a hot Gabbar because that’s one character that can be adapted into many fantasies. (Text by Shreya Sethuraman From HT Brunch, January 5) BASANTI
Old: Hema Malini. Chaaloo, chatterbox.
New: Parineeti Chopra. She’s garrulous, has that impish grin and all the makings of a taange-wali (no reference to her legs, just saying!)JAI
Old: Amitabh Bachchan. Intense, loyal, practical.
New: Arjun Kapoor. So inscrutable (and also so hot), he lets his eyes do all the talking, just like Jai.
Old: Dharmendra. Impractical, goofy, adorable.
New: Ranbir Kapoor. We don’t want to see the goofily adorable Barfi!, but Ranbir seems to have an endearing quality that personifies Veeru.RADHA
Old: Jaya Bachchan. Silent, full of silent longing.
New: Sonakshi Sinha. If you notice, she doesn’t do much talking in her movies and can still express her emotions. That’s what Radha is all about, right?
Old: Leela Mishra. She who dotes on Basanti and says the funniest things ever.
New: Farida Jalal, just the way she was in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai with Mr Almeida.
Old: Mac Mohan. Gabbar’s man Friday.
New: Arshad Warsi. Agreed, "poore pachaas hajaar" was probably his best dialogue in the film, but his fierce loyalty to Gabbar makes us think of Warsi’s Circuit to Munna Bhai.
Old: Satyen Kappu. Thakur’s man Friday.
New: Alok Nath. He has that trustworthy and dependable quality about him that’ll make you want to put your life in his hands.
Old: Asrani, a life-sized caricature of idiocy.
New: Anupam Kher. He can do life-sized caricature of idiocy too, and if you had to imagine someone playing the ‘angrezon ke zamaane ka jailor’, you know Kher is the man.
Old: Sanjeev Kumar. Mature, measured, layered, suave *sigh*.
New: Jackie Shroff, trying to build a character actor portfolio, Shroff will be perfect as the armless former police officer whose simmering rage and vengeance forms the premise of the story.
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First Published: Aug 15, 2015 13:37 IST