Mumbai: In the era of remakes and sequels, filmmaker Sohail Maklai’s has taken up the task to remake Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s cult comedy, ‘Chupke Chupke’. The original film, which was a remake of a popular Bangla film, starred Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore and Jaya Bachchan in the lead.
Needless to say that when the idea of a remake came up, Maklai approached Big B’s son Abhishek Bachchan to essay his father’s role.
But being the sensible person that Abhishek is, he turned down the offer. Reason? Well Junior Bachchan did not want any kind of comparison between him and his father which was bound to occur.
Speaking to a daily, a source said, “Abhishek has turned down the role of the scatter-brained Botany professor (played by the Big B in the original) in Sohail Maklai`s remake of ‘Chupke Chupke,’ as no matter how well he performs the role, he will be compared unfavourably with his father."
Abhishek himself admits that he is reluctant to play roles that have once been played bu his father. "I`m very proud to be my father`s son.
But I would rather not try to replicate his roles because, according to me, he has already taken his roles as far as they can go.
I don`t think it`s fair to compare my career to his. He`s a phenomenon that happens only once in a lifetime.
I`d like to believe every actor from this and earlier generations wants be like Mr Bachchan. Apart from being his son, I`m also his huge fan."
In fact, Abhishek was never interested to play the lead in Karan Johar’s ‘Agneepath’. The role is eventually being played by Hrithik Roshan.
With Abhishek rejecting the role, Maklai is now re designing the script to make it into a two hero project.
Maklai sid, "Bachchan saab comes into ‘Chupke Chupke’ very late. Dharamji and Om Prakash have more footage.
We`re looking into that." So far Rishi Kapoor has been zeroed in to play the role Om Prakash did in the original.