I was afraid, very afraid. Given the abusive reviews that friends and colleagues who had watched the movie, I couldn’t muster up enough courage venture into the theatre to watch Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. I was waiting for the movie to release. After the awesome tribute to Godfather in Sarkar, I believed that Ramu would go a few steps higher with his remake of the 1975 blockbuster. But then this tribute to Sholay won’t feature well on RGV’s CV.
Disillusioned, I resorted to watching another remake of the Sholay (there have been many) on DVD. This one didn’t have any naming woes and was titled, quite appropriately, Duplicate Sholay. There are duplicates all around and as a bonus you also have duplicates of Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjay Dutt and Sunny Deol. There are some other twists and turns which were absent in the asli Sholay. Needless to say, that you needn’t watch this movie (I watched it in fast forward). But for those who had the misfortune of having to sit through RGV Ki Aag, please watch and let me know of the comparative rating. Maybe the producers of Duplicate Sholay might just re-release the movie and earn better returns than Ramu did.
For the impatient souls, here are some select shots from Kanti Shah’s Duplicate Sholay (2002):