Actor Anil Kapoor believes that no one can portray the iconic character of ‘Lakhan’ better than him. Gushing over his role from the film Ram Lakhan, the Slumdog Millionaire star wishes he had bagged awards for his performance in the film.
Asked at an event for International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) about film-maker Rohit Shetty’s reported plans for a remake of the film with younger actors, Anil quipped, “I have been hearing this for three and half years. Let him make the film now. Nobody can portray Lakhan better than me. Let’s do a lottery on that,” reported IANS.
Ram Lakhan, helmed by Subhash Ghai in 1989 became a blockbuster right after its release. Reportedly, Shetty is planning to cast Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh as Ram (played by Jackie Shroff in the Ghai film) and Lakhan respectively.
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Anil, who had previously stated that Ranveer and his daughter Sonam should work together, said “But I feel Ranveer (Singh) is the best choice for the film.” He added, “That time I felt like that I should have got awards for Eeshwar, and Ram Lakhan as a popular film. Ram Lakhan was a big hit at that time. I even feel I did not get that many awards for Lamhe.” Eeshwar, also released in 1989 and was directed by K Vishwanath and Rajesh Malik while Lamhe, released in 1991, was directed by Yash Chopra.
On the contrary, Anil feels he received awards for films that were not his best. “There are many films like these where I didn’t get any award for. There are also some films for which I didn’t think I deserve an award, but I got it. But I don’t want to name those,” he said.
Ram Lakhan originally featured Anil Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit, Dimple Kapadia and Rakhi in pivotal roles. Should this remake happen, Ranveer and Shahid will share the screen for the first time, reported India Today. Produced under the banner of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, the film is likely to go on floors by the end of this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2016.
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