Shaan and Humaima's take on Mashesh Bhatt's Arth will be first Bollywood film to be remade in Pakistan

Shaan'll play Raj Kiran's role, Humaima (Smita Patil), Uzma Hassan (Shabana Azmi), Mohib Mirza (Kulbhushan...

Life & Style Desk June 27, 2017
The idea materialised into a film after Shaan met Mahesh Bhatt in 2015 and expressed his desire to remake the film for Pakistani audience. PHOTO COURTESY: The Indian Express

Mahesh Bhatt’s cult romance drama Arth has become the first Hindi film to be remade in Pakistan.

The Pakistani remake titled ‘Arth 2’ will star Shaan Shahid (played by Raj Kiran in the original), Humaima Malick (Smita Patil), Uzma Hassan (Shabana Azmi) and Mohib Mirza (Kulbhushan Kharbanda).

The remake is a contemporary retelling of the original story and will be set in Lahore.

The idea materialised into a film after Shaan met Mahesh Bhatt in 2015 and expressed his desire to remake the film for Pakistani audience.

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A Mumbai Mirror report confirmed that Mahesh Bhatt has given story and screenplay rights to Shaan without charging any money.

“Arth is the first film with the DNA of an Indian story to be set in Pakistan. If we want to strengthen film trade between our countries, Arth’s model is a great way of collaborating,” Shaan was quoted as saying in the report.

Bhatt said that he had no objection to the idea. “When Shaan expressed the desire to revisit Arth, I had no objection. The story has endured the passage of time and is available in public domain. Shaan wanted to use my story and present it as a local, indigenous narrative that suited his country’s palate. I’m not aware of what he has done. Every filmmaker has his own worldview and the freedom to reinterpret a story the way he wishes.”

Shaan has shared the first few posters of the film on his Instagram account. The posters are a huge departure from the original Arth.

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They carry a very contemporary and modern look. The tagline on the posters reads, “Decisions Determine Destiny".


This article originally appeared on The Indian Express.


N Khan | 5 years ago | Reply Oh come on what's the big deal if they remake a movie with a fresh look. India has made three versions of Devdas, Hrithik Roshan did Agneepath again And then there was the remake of Umrao Jan. And how many times has Hollywood rebooted the spiderman movie. And so what if it's a Pakistani remake. India Pakistan have always copied each other. The Pakistani movie Bandish was copied by India with Rajesh Khanna and Salma Agha, they even copied the famous song at the end. The Amir Khan Maduri Dixit movie Dewana Mujsa Nahee was copied from a Barbra Shareef and Faisal movie. And off course there was the Indian version of the super hit Pakistani movie Aaina with Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore. Indian or Pakistani let's hope it's a good movie.
Pekhawar Khan | 5 years ago | Reply Do we have any other actor than Shaan? He is in like every movie ever made in Pakistan.
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