Mumbai: It seems that Bollywood has all of a sudden bitten by the remake bug. After Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Don’ and KJo’s forthcoming ‘Agneepath’ remake, Soham Shah is all set to direct Sanjay Dutt in Raj Sippy’s 1982 cult, Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Satte Pe Satta’.
Buzz has it that the ‘Satte Pe Satta’ remake is all set to go on floors in April 2011 and most probably it will be a Diwali release. Talking to a daily, a source said, “This is one film that many producers wanted to remake. Raj Sippy who directed the original also wanted to remake the film and had titled it ‘Seven.’ He had also spoken to Sanjay Dutt about playing the lead role in his remake. Similarly, Sohail Khan also wanted to remake the film with Salman playing the lead. But Sohail dropped the idea later. Astavinayaka then spoke to Sanjay Dutt, who happens to be very close to Raj and Romu Sippy, the original producers of the film and later bought the rights. Soham was roped in later.”
When contacted, Dhillin Mehta, Chairman and MD of Shri Astavinayaka said, “‘Satte Pe Satta’ is a cult film. The script of the film is so interesting that it has stood the test of time. Be it the 80’s, when the film was made, or now, it is still an interesting story to tell. We were wondering how to go about it and Sanjay Dutt helped us get the rights. Now we are looking forward to make the film.”
Apparently, Soham Shah is visibly ecstatic about the remake as he said, “‘Satte Pe Satta’ is a masterpiece and we would want the magic of the film to work again for the new generation.”
While Sanjay Dutt will be playing Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini’s replacement is still a mystery.