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Will Zanjeer, Himmatwala remakes work? PREDICT!

Last updated on: March 6, 2013 14:13 IST

Image: Scenes from Himmatwala and the remake

Can Ajay Devgn do a Jeetendra? Can Ali Zafar take on Farooque Sheikh?

Dear reader, we now give you the power to choose 'yes' or 'no' as we look at the Bollywood remakes of 2013. Which do you think will be as successfull as the original?

PREDICT the fate of these remakes!


In 1983, few people in Mumbai knew director K Raghavendra Rao or his heroine, Sridevi.

All that changed with the release of his Himmatwala, featuring the actress opposite Jeetendra.

Thirty years later, everyone in the film industry knows the remake's director, Sajid Khan. Will this version of Himmatwala help us forget him?

Think Himmatwala remake will work? PREDICT!



Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer, Ram Charan Teja
Chairs in police stations still reverberate with the kick that Amitabh Bachchan's Inspector Vijay had given them in Prakash Mehra's explosive original.

The 2013 remake, directed by Apoorva Lakhia, stars the adequately macho Ram Charan Teja.

Also, Priyanka Chopra might sharpen our knives after all.

But Sanjay Dutt in the Sher Khan role made famous by Pran feels like a joke.

Think Zanjeer remake will work? PREDICT!


Chashme Buddoor

Image: Chashme Buddoor, remake
One of the most inexplicable of remakes.

The original film by Sai Paranjpye was a mood piece about Delhi in the 1980s.

The remake, directed by David Dhawan, is about slapstick tomfoolery, and tragically impossible to distinguish from a Double Dhamaal.

Ali Zafar, Siddharth and Divyendu are a decent enough cast, but pale in comparison to the original Farooque Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi and the late great Ravi Baswani.

And a gay Rishi Kapoor instead of an unforgettable Saeed Jaffrey? Oof.

Think Chashme Buddoor remake will work? PREDICT!


Thiruttu Payale

Image: Movie poster of Thiruttu Payale, Neil Nitin Mukesh
Making his Bollywood directorial debut with a remake of his own Tamil hit Thiruttu Payale, Susi Ganeshan looks like he has the elements in place for a racy action hit.

A vulnerable Jeevan gets replaced by an even more tame Neil Nitin Mukesh.

But then the director went and cast Ameesha Patel, so we really don't know what to hope for.

Think the Thiruttu Payale remake will work? PREDICT!



Image: Rohit Roy in Aashiqui, Aditya Roy Kapur
It's a surprise they've left that hit alone for this long.

Mahesh Bhatt's 1990 romantic record-breaker featured alliteratively-named rookies Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal, and enchanted a generation.

This one -- which is a remake, not a sequel, despite the confusing title -- features the UTV boss' kid brother (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Shakti Kapoor's daughter, Shraddha.

And is being directed by Bhatt's nephew, Mohit Suri. The big question: Can the music be as memorable?

Think Aashiqui 2 will work? PREDICT!



Image: A scene from Thupakki, Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar in Rowdy Rathore
The Rowdy Rathore pair (which must also be remembered as the Joker pair) of Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha return for AR Murugadoss' next, a retelling of his own 2012 hit Thupakki.

An action-romance about a captain in the army, the original starred Vijay and Kajal Aggarwal, so the remake is cast well.

Think Thupakki remake will work? PREDICT!



Image: A scene from Saamy, Sanjay Dutt
This story of a corrupt cop made for a hit 2003 Tamil film called Saamy, starring Vikram and Trisha.

The smartly titled Hindi remake, directed by KS Ravikumar, features the inexplicable pairing of Sanjay Dutt and Prachi Desai.

As is par for the course in South remakes, Prakash Raj also stars.

Think Saamy remake will work? PREDICT!



Image: A scene from Kick, Salman Khan
Salman Khan's highly anticipated Kick -- pitting him opposite Deepika Padukone -- also happens to be the directorial debut for producer Sajid Nadiadwala.

Then again, the man he's replacing is Shirish Kunder, so nobody's too bothered there.

The original starred Ravi Teja and Ileana D'Cruz, but the Bollywood version has enough star power to guarantee a publicity overdrive.

Think the Kick remake will work? PREDICT!



Image: A scene from Nadodigal, Jackky Bhagnani
The prolific Priyadarshan's next project is a take on Tamil hit Nadodigal, a 2009 entertainer starring Sasikumar and Ananya.

Priyan can obviously manage a South remake, sure, but here he has a tougher task: his leads are Jackky Bhagnani and Priya Anand. Okay then.

Will Nadodigal remake work? PREDICT!


Nuvvostanate Nenoddantana

Image: A scene from Nuvvostanate Nenoddantana, Shruti Haasan
Siddharth and Trishna starred in Prabhu Deva's rollicking first film, Nuvvostanate Nenoddantana, popularly called NVNV.

The increasingly busy director is doing the remake himself, featuring Shruti Haasan alongside debuting actor Girish Kumar, son of producer Kumar Taurani.

Will a star be born? Or will there be scorn?

Will Nuvvostanate Nenoddantana remake work? PREDICT!