Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Official remake of timeless classics Bawarchi, Mili, Koshish announced: Netizens not happy

Taking to Instagram, trade analyst, Taran Adarsh shared a post and captioned it, “Official remake of timeless classics Mili, Koshish, & Bawarchi announced. In a major development, #AnushreeMehta and #AbirSengupta (of Jaadugar Films) and #SameerRajSippy (of SRS Productions) will jointly produce the ‘official remake’ of three iconic films.”

#Koshish [#SanjeevKumar - #JayaBachchan] was directed by #Gulzar, while #Bawarchi [#RajeshKhanna - #JayaBachchan] and #Mili [#AmitabhBachchan - #JayaBachchan] were directed by #HrishikeshMukherjee.

#SameerRajSippy is the grandson of legendary producer #NCSippy [who produced the three classics] and son of veteran director #RajSippy, while #AnushreeMehta and #AbirSengupta had produced the spy-comedy #MrsUndercover.

Anushree Mehta and Abir Sengupta of Jaadugar Films jointly said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be setting upon this magical journey of making three of our all-time favourite movies in a new form and mould. It is a huge responsibility as Koshish, Bawarchi and Mili are celebrated in India and across the globe, which have been made by the legendary Gulzar saab and Hrishi da, who have set the standards of filmmaking for generations to come. These are the films we have grown up on and they are the stories that the new generation should also witness; to know our rich cinematic legacy. We endeavour to put our best to live up to the expectations, the responsibility and most importantly remake these films which will touch the audiences’ hearts far and wide. The cast and crew of the films will be announced soon.”

Sameer Raj Sippy said, “I feel movies are about defining moments, interesting enough to share with people, and that’s why I think it’s time we take classic stories and bring them in today’s scenario, with a newer and modern outlook. And that’s the intention behind revisiting Bawarchi, Mili and Koshish. Coming from a legendary family of film makers, and being inspired by the family business, I now want to continue this legacy that has been handed down by my grandfather, Shri N. C. Sippy, my uncle Romu Sippy and my father Raj Sippy.”

However, the news hasn’t gone down too well with netizens who took to twitter to express their anguish. They feel the OG filmmakers’ unique visions, down-to-earth characters and wholesome storytelling have left an incredible mark on generations of audiences. Legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Sanjeev Kumar and others gave their career-best performances in these films. No one can recreate the magic that has been created by these legendary makers.

Nalini Rathnam expressed her angst on twitter asking, “Why is this film "industry" spoiling everything for us???? Unbelievable lack of creativity!!~ 😡 Others too joined in the fray venting their anger with “Creativity dying day by day in the name of remakes. First of all, they will spoil great memories & create bad copy. Lack of New stories are biggest drawback of this industry.” "Its not only about the sentiments that these originals carry in the minds and hearts of audiences, but they even doubt if any of the current actors can even come closer to the acting prowess of the likes of Sanjeev Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan & Jaya Bachchan in these movies?" tweeted another.

Echoing these sentiments, another user tweeted: #Koshish #Bawarchi #Mili are classics that one should not remake ever. In spite of this if a producer wants to make it then how can they find a perfect replacement for Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bachchan? Due respect to all others I may say no one is capable. Looking at the tweets, it seems no one is liking the idea. A Hyderabadi expressed "Arre aisa nakko karore bawa, Woh Hrishi, Gulzar, Kaka, Amit, Sanjeev, once in a millenium hai.. ab woh audience nahi hai na woh filmmakers ya actors Purane classicon ko Baigan mein mat milao re..

Loved by millions, all three evergreen classics are considered masterworks of Indian cinema. Koshish was directed by Gulzar, Bawarchi and Mili are timeless favourites directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Coincidentally, all the three films had Jaya Bhaduri nee Bachchan in the lead. Wondering what Jaya ji has to say on this. 

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