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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    As per reports and usual promotional norms of Yash Raj Films, a teaser trailer was released along with the film release of Ek Tha Tiger as well as through the firm’s official YouTube channel on August 15, 2012.[26] The one and half minute trailer showed the glimpse of Yash Chopra’s successful yet acclaimed several earlier romantic directorials and then in series highlighted his upcoming film by introducing the lead roles and mentioning music composer with the lyricist of the film. Yet again, the film remained untitled as “A Yash Chopra Romance”. The trailer has crossed over one million views in less than three days.[27][28] The main theatrical trailer of nearly 2.5 minutes especially crediting the movie title was released on 20 September 2012 at 1300hrs IST via Yash Raj Film’s official Youtube channel.[29]It received more than 1 million views upon release on the first day[30]Upon release, the video went viral on the net topping other Hollywood Trailers like Breaking Dawn Part II and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is most discussed, most viewed, most liked, most Favorited on youtube being at No.1 Spot with 20,000+ likes and 1 millions+ views in one day. A record has been set by distanced by Jab Tak Hai Jaan trailer in Bollywood history. As of now, this is the first trailer to cross 1 millions views and 20,000 likes in a day.
    Source — wikipedia

  • @srk fans suck mine
    yrf and karan j dont just entertain people they educate people too.why DDLJ,KKHH,KAKG,DTPH,MNIK get good trp on television all time because they evergreen movies.The movies that stand for condition of period,culture,love,social factorsg.They don’t make IQ less movies. Other movies(touturing diologues,unacceptable fighting,storyless) are entertainment just watch it enjoy it keeping brain aside and as soon as movie ends live it for god sake,this movies don’t mentally challenge you.

  • @Marz aka chamcha or srk! Plz pinkvilla background music of trailer&poster copied hollywood movies talk abt tht also u looser

  • so whats the hell difference in remakes or releasing crap films in above 4600 screens & dubbing them into telugu & tamil versions like ra one & don 2.
    The only difference is that ra one & don 2 had great loss to the distributers & exhibutors but remakes done by big stars only became success becoz of their stardom but remakes made by small heroes resulted in flops like force,jodi breakers,agent vinod & players etc.Remember remakes are a safe bet for producers & distributers only with big stars and that too not all the time.

  • @rupesh bhai stop joking hehe srk educate ppl? widfilms ra.1,maya memsaab,kabhi alvida na kehna wow learn how to get in illegal affairs,condom jokes wah wah

  • Almost all the actors in Bollywood did remakes.Akshay did Hera Pheri,Garam Masala,Bhagambhag,Khatta Meetha,De Dana Dan,Rowdy Rathore. Aamir Khan did Ghajini. SRK did Billu.Salman Khan did Kyon Ki,Wanted,Ready,Bodygaurd. Ajay Devgn did Singham.John Abraham did Force. Shahid Kapoor did Chup Chup Ke.Akshaye Khanna did Mere Baap Pehle Aap & Shortcut. Kunal Khemu did Dhol. These are the remakes of south films. If we consider Hrithik for remaking Agneepath,only actors Saif Ali Khan,Emraan Hashmi.Ranbir Kapoor & some newcomers didn’t do remakes. So it is not fair to blame only any particular actor for making remakes.

  • Beta rupesh,films are meant for entertainment and enjoyment but not education uske liye alag se bahut saare schools hain India mein but people will never join ur srk,kj or yrf schools for their education & knowledge.For ex-Agneepath has got more trp ratings in tv in 2012 films by now so what does that mean people are getting educated by watching it.

  • According to the observations of haters comments —
    True fact — Movies like ra.one, maya meshab and etc are the memorable movies of haters.

  • @rowdy, if it was copied then the music director would have been facing copyright violation by now.
    Ar rahman copying music!!??!! what a big joke.
    And anyway i don’t find the two music similar :P
    just coz u hate u r saying some stupid stuffs.

  • @shahid it is very similar tune..its ok ur tryin save srk gud for you..even few scences in barfi r directly lifted frm old hollywood movies in 1917 or 1920? And a.r rehman ahuman not god ok!

  • @rowdy ur 100 percent ryt few guys in india lik mukesh kumar think copying from hollywood is innovation! But if you do remake its big crime

  • Unofficial Remakes Of Shahrukh khan :

    1. Baadshah = Nick Of Time, The Mask, Rush Hour, Mr. Nice Guy

    2. Bazigar(Sharukh Khan)=A kiss before dying(1991; starring Sean Young).

    3. chak de india = mighty ducks, miracle on ice(1981)

    4. mohabbatein – absolution, Dead Poets Society 1989

    5. MAIN HOON NA = NEVER BEEN KISSED* , Toy Soldiers (1991 film), Hiding Out (1987), fight back to school(1991) Main ho na fighting sequence from scorpion versus johnny(cage)

    6. CHALTE CHALTE = FORGET PARIS*, fools rush in(1997)

    8. KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI = SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, grease(1st half clg stuf) & sleepless in SEATTLE (2nd half)

    9. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna = Closer, Divorce American Style (1967), Brief Encounter (1945),

    10. Chamatkar 1992 = Blackbeard’s Ghost 1968

    11. dil to pagal hai = annie hall(1997), 42nd Street (film)

    12. josh = west side story(1961)

    13. kal ho na ho = my life without me(2003)

    14. swades = chigurida kanasu(2003, kannada)

    15. yes boss = for love or money(1993)

    16. Heyy Babyy 2007 = Three Men and a Baby 1987

    17. I See You 2006 = Just Like Heaven 2005

    18. MNIK = ADAM Released 2009, Remake of Rain Man (1988), Forest Gump (1994).

    19. OSO = Remake of Madhumati and Karz

    20. DDLJ = The Sure Thing (1985), The scene where Himani Shivpuri is purchasing a saree and Shahrukh helps her decide from the window is copied from Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

    21. Dulha Mil Gaya = Remake of My Fair Lady (1964), Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye (1977), Naseeb Apna Apna (1986)

    22. Duplicate = Remake of The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) and Desperado (1995 – Gunfight in bar, is exactly the same).

    23. Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam = Remake of K.S. Adiyaman’s Tamil hit Thotta Chinungi (1995).

    24. Koyla (1997) = Remake of Revenge (1990)

    25. Krazzy 4 = Remake of The Dream Team (1989).

    26. One 2 Ka 4 = Remake of One Good Cop (1991).

    27. Raam-Jaane = Remake of Angels With Dirty Faces (1938).

    28. Paheli = Nagamandala (Kannada) 1997.

    29. BHOOTHNATH = The Canterville Ghost 1944

    30. Sathiya = Alaipayuthey (2000)

    31. SHAKTI = Telugu film “Antahpuram” 1999.

    32. PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI = the front page 1974, broadcast news 1987.

    33. DARR = cape fear 1991.

    34. Ra.One = Iron Man, Robots, X-Men, The Dark Knight

    Official Remakes :

    1. Devdas
    2. Don
    3. Billu barber

    Total – 37 Hahaha

    Ab bolo Remake Khan kaun hai

  • we were debeting on yrf and kj best movies.now sallu indiot fans bring anand mehta’s maya and ra.one between it.I have listed the movies which are master piece even i have not included veer zara and RNBJ these were better films but not best.I have not said that JTHJ will be best and message giver movie let it release.

  • now i will speak on ra.one and maya.Ra.one is crap film it works due to srk stardom and its high quality animation,weak plots,shortage of research on substance.MAYA anand mehta directed erotic film, it is dark film about difference between love and lust,its side effects.This movie was for adult with sex subject but good one.

  • i think indicine team is big srk fan..all 3 srk film are remake everyone knows except indicine……hihihi,,,,it is confirmed that indicine is srk fan..lol

  • There is only one star in the whole planet…….and that is S A L M A N K H A N
    Srk has paid to indicine to promote him and talk groundess no matter how ridiculous it would sound to the masses,…otherwise indicine wouldn’t establish such a baseless article..What do u mean by Srk is only an actor,who hasn’t done sequels or remakes yet???
    Was devdas a raj pal yadav’s movie?
    Was don 1 and don 2 chunkey pandey’s movie?
    These are official remakes
    There are more than 30 an official remakes in srk’s account.
    I know Indicine is a faithful and popular site,hope it would definitely rectify this article ,and put srk has done numerous remakes compare to the other actors…………….Ra.one was also a remake of bat man…despite that it became a historic disaster.Srk needs to do 100JTHJ to do a business similar to Ek tha tiger…..I Would say Ek tha tiger nahin ek hi tiger aur ek hi rahega……And that’s our beloved and master actor SALMAN…… <3

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