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#BigStory: Should B’wood remake old classics?

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Film remakes sound great on paper for what can be more promising than taking an already successful film, updating it, and presenting it anew. But it is more of a gamble than it appears to be. If the numbers are any indication, 90 per cent of remakes of classic or blockbuster Bollywood films fail to perform at the box office and the negative reviews that the remakes of ‘Himmatwala’, ‘Chashme Baddoor’, ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Shaukeen’, ‘Sholay’ and ‘Karzzz’ fetched is proof. So, what’s still luring filmmakers to pump money into the concept of remakes? For the #BigStory of the week, we spoke to the industry to gauge their thoughts.Film remakes sound great on paper for what can be more promising than taking an already successful film, updating it, and presenting it anew. But it is more of a gamble than it appears to be. If the numbers are any indication, 90 per cent of remakes of classic or blockbuster Bollywood films fail to perform at the box office and the negative reviews that the remakes of ‘Himmatwala’, ‘Chashme Baddoor’, ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Shaukeen’, ‘Sholay’ and ‘Karzzz’ fetched is proof. So, what’s still luring filmmakers to pump money into the concept of remakes? For the #BigStory of the week, we spoke to the industry to gauge their thoughts.

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