Ajay Devgan, and not Salman, is the remake / sequel specialist

Film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja discusses the upcoming movies of Ajay Devgan in 2012 – 2013 and why he’s soon turning in to a remake / sequel specialist.

Ever since Prakash Jha announced that Ajay Devgan would be featuring in the sequel of ‘Gangaajal’, there has been a lot of buzz in the industry. Reason being an interesting trend that has emerged as per which Ajay Devgan is fast turning out to be a remake and sequel specialist. While the general belief is that Salman Khan is the one featuring in one remake/sequel after another, it is clear that Ajay Devgan is actually leading the pack. His ‘Bol Bachchan’ was a remake of (old) ‘Gol Maal’. His first release in 2012, ‘Tezz’ was an unofficial remake of ‘The Bullet Train’. Even last year’s ‘Singham’ was adapted from its namesake Tamil film.

The trend is only continuing with his upcoming release ‘Son of Sardaar’,  an official remake of Telugu flick ‘Maryada Ramanna’. This isn’t all as he is currently shooting for Sajid Khan’s ‘Himmatwala’ which is again a remake, though said to be re-modelled in a major way so as to come across as more of a homage than a scene-to-scene copy.

Ajay Devgn - Son Of Sardar

Though Ajay has dabbled with original subjects in the recent past, films like ‘Rascals’ have hardly added to his profile while ‘Aakrosh’ and ‘Toonpur Ka Superhero’ didn’t pay any dividends. ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ did bring in decent revenue, but it was ‘Bol Bachchan’ and ‘Singham’ that struck box office gold. With Bollywood following the new found ‘mantra’ of remakes and sequels ensuring good returns more often than not, Ajay is seemingly happy to lead the trend even as he waits for a few good original subjects to really motivate him into taking a plunge.

This means, other than Prakash Jha’s ‘Satyagraha’ which is the only true blue original film, there are a spate of sequels in the offering. While the one leading the pack would be Jha’s ‘Gangaajal 2′, others in line are Rohit Shetty’s ‘Singham 2′ next year with talks about ‘Golmaal 4′ on as well.

With Salman Khan (Dabangg 2, Kick), Akshay Kumar (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2, Boss), Aamir Khan (Dhoom 3), Hrithik Roshan (Krrish 3) boasting of being remakes/sequels too, the only actor whose next three films are all originals is Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Chennai Express, Happy New Year).

Guess it’s about time SRK too joins the bandwagon sooner or later.

Which upcoming Ajay Devgan movie in 2012 – 2013 are you waiting for? You can pick TWO from the list. Vote below!

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Marz:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm)

BOTH ARE COPY CATS !! well as for salman, he wouldn’t have survived in the industry with out remakes.

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Marz:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm)

@indicine.there is no voting list down there.

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quamar:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm)

The only actor whose next three films are all originals is Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Chennai Express, Happy New Year)…

Slap at SRK haters….

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Swarnendu Mittra:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm)

SRK will never do any kind of Remake. I BET ! He always sign genuine original scripts.

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nagesh:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm)

Ajay is a special actor who is not depend on films of a particular Genre.
He can do any type of roles.
In last three years he done lots of different roles specially..

Sultan Mirza (Mumbai Don in 80′s)
Bajirao Singham(A marathi Police)
Pruthwiraaj Raghuwanshi(Rajsthani Villager)
& now he will seen in a Sardar role.

Last he performed Sardar in The Legend of Bhagatsingh & won the National award second time in career.

So he will garuntee rock in Son of Sardar…

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Abhijeet Hrithik Anand:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm)

Sallu’s awards :

award number 1. He is totally ignored because he has highest number of flop (arround 46 films )…..

award number 2. Salu has 36 flop films with budget less the 30 cr.

award number 3. Salu has 13 flop movies in row.

award number 4. he has ZERO best actor awards. Waiting for award from rediff. ha ha ha….. number 1 star…. not having single awards…big joke..He will not retire until he gets one.

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Asim:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm)

lol isn’t jthj a remake of Daag ??

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amol:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm)

Srk said to the distributors who lost there money in Ra.One,”Come to my home i have lots of filmfare award,i will give a award each of everyone”.

All these distributors said,”BEEP BEEP BEEP…..”

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deebo:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm)

doesn’t matter if original, remake or sequel. no one can stop a Salman Khan film !

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tdpunks:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm)

SRK is the ORIGINAL GLOBAL SUPERSTAR. Long live King. Waiting for Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

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Indicine Team:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm)

Voting up. Sorry!

 
ahmed:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm)

@Abhijeet Hrithik Anand, salman’s biggest award he successful and people like you who accomplished nothing in their life just jealous of his success. how many awards you won low life

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Aki:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm)

The shit article who is the star is not doing copy or remake these days? SRK DEV-DAS, DON-1-2 and now Chennai Express copy of ANGOOR, so the question is if people like it what is the problems to others? recently Agneepath copy by Hirthik so each and everyone or remake or copy, but in between there is original fleek also like ETT which create record in BOX-OFFICE.

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ahmed:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm)

lol Aamir and Salman both have 300cr films but global srk can barely reach 100

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Indicine Team:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm)

The article was not meant to degrade or take any credit away from anyone who does remakes / sequels. While you can argue about remakes, there is absolutely nothing wrong in sequels. The point that Joginder was trying to make is, remakes and sequels have generally been safer bets at the box-office. That doesn’t take anything away from the star who featured in these films. Put a smaller star in a remake or even a masala action film, it won’t work. Example, John Abraham’s Force.

 
xtreme:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm)

Salman Khan is undoubtedly one of the worst actors in bollywood. 3 movies of his that became superhits are just plain nonsense. He can’t “Act” at all.

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Aki:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm)

@xtreme: THE BIGGEST JUDGE IS PUBLIC AND THEY LIKE SALMAN MOVIE AND HIM THERE IS NO SEX SCENE NO KISSING SO THEY CAN ENJOY THE MOVIE WITH WHOLE FAMILY.

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sachdev:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm)

SRK doesn’t do remakes? what abt billu, sakthi both r diasters… don, devdas & kal ho na ho??? takin don chracter he made fun of himself.. just imagine if ajay or hrithik would done don???

Remake is it a problem?? even best actor of indian cinema like kamal hassan & aamir khan have done that.. what is wrong if salman is doing remakes?

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King kumar the hit machine:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm)

Waitin for ajay’s all movie he’s brelliant actor

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asif ali:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm)

I agree indicine Team. Thank U.
this shows no credit for film only Star and good content like dabang, bodyguard, ready, singham rowdy rathore, agneepath are blockbuster.
remake force flop because of bad content
all this shows SALMAN and other STAR POWER and GOOD CONTENT.

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Aki:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm)

The main thing is that SALMAN have a clean image on screen no kissing no steamy scene no double meaning dialogue while others all done even AMIR KHAN HIRTHIK SRK all, that’s why children love salman more then any others actor and we love him as well.

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am srk:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm)

SRK is a bigger star than ajay devgan worldwide but can srk do actin lik ajay?? so many people did bhagat singh’s character.. ajay brought soul to it..

guys especially srk fans respect ajay devgan’s acting abilities

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aaa:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm)

dabangg & ek tha tiger both original scripts

result all time blockbusters

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bihar ke lala:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm)

@asif ali..

FORCE was better in content than craps like bodyguard,rowdy rathore,ready,dabangg…
get a life dude…
agar salman ne ye movie ki hoti toh tere jaise pakau fans ATBB chillate rehte abhi…

1 more thing…John’s physique is much better than 47 yr old uncle sallu….

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asif ali:  (September 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm)

Sanjay and Salman are original hunks of B’wood: John
Actor John Abraham is followed by thousands of fitness enthusiasts across the nation who aspire to get a perfect bod like him, but this suave hunk believes that despite his fans bestowing the handsome hunk title on him, actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt are, and always will be, the ultimate icons of fitness and body building in Bollywood.

The actor said, “Actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt are the only trendsetters of body building in Bollywood. They are the original hunks. They brought thousands of youngsters to gyms and made them conscious of fitness.” (THE TIMES OF INDIA) LAST WEEK

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