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Ramu set to re-invent action hero

Ramu clarifies that the new Shiva is not a sequel to his debut film that he made 15 years ago. I can?t do justice to SRK: Ramu

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 14:52 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Ram Gopal Varma says he wants to re-invent the action film genre which had made the hero a larger than life character.

"Action films are hardly made these days. So it is not correct to say that such films do not work in present times," Varma said. Shiva is set for an August 25 release. "My latest film is not a sequel or remake of my debut film Shiva that I made 15 years ago", he said.

"The previous film dealt with campus violence and how one individual takes on all the evil forces. The new film's plot line is the same. But, it is in contemporary times and my hero is a new recruit in the police force. Here lies the fundamental difference," he added.

He said his much publicised remake of Sholay was happening and will go on the floors soon. When asked whether remakes of cult films were required and necessary, he said, "I cannot speak about other remakes which are being made. But as far as I am concerned, I feel that Sholay can be remade. The entire cast has been finalised except the character of Basanti played by Hema Malini in the original film.

First Published: Aug 19, 2006 20:00 IST