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Daddy’s shoes don’t fit Abhi

Hrithik Roshan, not Abhishek Bachchan, will star in the remake of Agneepath.

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 02:32 IST

Hrithik RoshanHrithik Roshan, not Abhishek Bachchan, will star in the remake of Agneepath.

Most movie buffs would assume that Abhishek Bachchan is a natural choice to play his father Amitabh Bachchan’s role in the remake of Big B’s hit film, Agneepath (1990). However, actor Hrithik Roshan has been roped in to play the part instead. That’s not all — Mithun Chakraborty’s character, which won him an award post the release of the original film has been completely done away with.

“When the idea of re-making Agneepath came to producer Karan Johar, he instantly locked in on Hrithik Roshan. It was a commitment to the actor, who is keen on giving his own interpretation to the character,” a source revealed.

Contrary to popular opinion that Abhi would definitely play the character of Vijay Dinanath Chauvan, and Jaya Bachchan would play his on-screen mother, Abhishek was never even offered the role in the remake. “Hrithik will play it closer to Al Pacino in Scarface than Mr. Bachchan in Agneepath,” the source added.

The movie, it may be recalled, was deeply influenced by Scarface. The remake, written and directed by debutant Karan Malhotra, purports to pay homage to the Hollywood film. While refusing to discuss the cast, Johar said, “My Agneepath is radically different from the one my (late) father (Yash Johar) produced.

We’ve done away with the south Indian character played by Mithun Chakraborty in the original.” And, with that, Mithun’s dreams of seeing his son Mimoh cast for the role he played also goes up in flames.

KJo’s film will, however, have a solo act featuring Hrithik, who will experiment with the rasping dialogue-delivery that Big B attempted in the original 1990s gangster film. “My father was very proud of Agneepath. I hope I don’t let him down with my version of the film. Amitji had won the National award for it, it’s a tough act to follow for any actor,” Karan concluded.