Sorry, no Big B in ‘Zanjeer’ remake

Contrary to reports, Amitabh Bachchan, who played the iconic cop Vijay in Prakash Mehra’s ‘Zanjeer’ in 1973, won’t be making an appearance in the remake.

When contacted, director Apoorva Lakhia said: “Although it would be an honour for any filmmaker to have India’s most iconic actor in his film, Amitji won’t be playing a role in ‘Zanjeer’. That would put an extra pressure on Ramcharan who plays the angry cop that Amitji had played in the original ‘Zanjeer’.”

When ‘Zanjeer’ hit the screens in 1973, it turned out to be Amitabh’s first blockbuster and after that there was no looking back for him.

Lakhia said: “The original ‘Zanjeer’ was a turning-point in not just Amitji’s life and career, but several others. I’d have loved to have him in ‘Zanjeer’. And he’d have somehow accommodated my ardent wish. However, it’d be unfair to put Amitji in an uncomfortable situation by asking him to do this for me.”
Meanwhile, Amitabh Bachchan said that the trailer of ‘Zanjeer’ remake is “smashing”.

“Apoorva Lakhia showed me the trailer of ‘Zanjeer’ remake… smashing stuff … all good wishes to the team cast and crew,” Amitabh posted on Tuesday by taking to Twitter.

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