The office of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions is surrounded by an aura of exhilaration these days. Amidst Punit Malhotra’s I Hate Luv Storys, Siddharth Malhotra’s Stepmom remake, and the Dostana sequel, Producer Karan is working round the clock giving shape to his other ambitious project, the remake of the 1990 film Agneepath which was produced by his father, Late Yash Johar.
Karan is keen to revive the film as a tribute to his father. In an interview Karan disclosed, “The film didn’t work at the box-office when it opened almost two decades ago and my father, who was very vocal that Agneepath was one of his finest films, always felt that the film never got its due. He would often prod me to remake Agneepath some day, so here I am, fulfilling my father’s wishes.”
Contrary to earlier reports, Karan will not be donning the director’s hat for this one. When questioned, he said, “I am happy directing films on love, romance and drama. That is what I do best. I do not think I will be good at an action film. So I am not taking the reins of the film in my hand.” He has roped in debutant director Karan Malhotra to helm the movie. Karan Malhotra has assisted Karan Johar in his last venture, My Name is Khan.
Presently, the team is working towards finalizing the script and other technicalities, after which they will confirm the cast before finally introducing the project. Karan recently tweeted about “Dharma active on a sunday.. tarun giving finishing touches to DOSTANA 2 and karan malhotra starting the AGNEEPATH process! Exciting times!!”
Speculations have been rife that Hrithik Roshan will reprise the role of Vijay Dinanath Chavan, famously played by Amitabh Bachchan. However, Karan has clarified that the casting is not completed and though few names have been short-listed, he will announce them at the right time.
Agneepath is a 1990 Bollywood film directed by Mukul S. Anand. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavi, and Rohini Hattangadi, with Danny Dengzongpa as the villain. Produced by Late Yash Johar, the title was taken from a poem penned by late Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh’s father, and is recited by the main character throughout the film.
Bachchan and Chakraborty received the National Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award respectively for their performances, and Hattangadi earned a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.