There is a very famous saying - Old is gold, which suits our film industry perfectly, since remakes which are made these days can never be as good as the original, believes old Chashme Baddoor actor Rakesh Bedi. In an exclusive interview with Oneindia's reporter Sonika, Rakesh speaks his heart out.
Have you seen the remake of Chasme Baddoor? Did you like it?
Yes, I have seen the film. I found it average. Some changes have been done in the film keeping the modern era in mind. Though there are certain things in the movie which I found objectionable, all actors in the film were outstanding.
What is the basic difference between the old Chashme Baddoor and the new one?
In the old Chashme Baddoor, the laziness and the subtleness of that era were shown brilliantly. That thing is missing in the remake. They have taken the story, but the soul was missing.
Any unforgettable moment which you want to share with us related to Chashme Baddoor.
There was one very funny incident. It happened 30 years back, but I still remember it. I kept real moustache for this role. In between, I left for Mumbai to shoot the second film. For the second film, they wanted me to have a clean shaven look, so my director told me to remove my moustache. When I went back to Delhi to shoot Chashme Buddoor, I made fake moustache with a pencil. One day director Sai told me to wipe my face as it was sweating due to heat. When I wiped my face, my moustache vanished and she was shocked to see that.
Tell us something about late Ravi Baswani.
Ravi Baswani was my very good friend and a brilliant actor. When the whole world is watching his film again, he is not there to see it. I also feel bad about the fact that he was very choosy about films and that's why he didn't do many films.
People miss your acting. When will we see you again on television.
I do what I like. My work should satisfy me as well as my fans. I am doing theatre these days and people are even liking my solo play Massage a lot.
Do The Friends Of Chashme Baddoor Still Meet?
The life which we have shown in the movie is very slow but in reality life is Mumbai is very fast. And in this fast life, it is very difficult to take out time for friends. It's not like we don't meet at all. We meet at parties and share old memories.
Remakes Of Old Films
What do you have to say about the new trend of remaking the old movies?
One thing is proved that industry has nothing new to offer these days. Filmmakers are picking up old hit movies and remaking it. One such film is Khoobsurat, in which Rekha's character was loved by the audience. Bollywood is picking such films with strong characters and remaking it.
Remakes Of Old Films
Directors think that people got attached to these character at that time, so after remaking that movie they will get the same response. Chashme Buddoor lives in people's heart. Many love affairs started because of Chashme Baddoor. I know many boys who have seen the original Chashme Baddoor 100 times and lived the same life. You make ten remakes of this movie, it will not make any difference.
100 Crore Club
What do you have to say on the 100 crore club?
It's a very disgusting phrase. It seems that nobody is bothered about film's quality and content. We don't think of making an international level film. These days we are only worried about the 100 crore level even if it's full of vulgarity or violence. This is not right. What about directors like Satyajeet Ray, Shyam Benegal and Ramesh Sippy, who have given some brilliant movies to the country. If Ramesh Sippy wants, he can again enter the 100 crore club but he is not doing that because he can't find a good subject to make a film on.
100 Crore Club
It's good that movies are getting commercialised, but cinema is forever. It's not like a television show in which you will not see yesterday's episode again. Today, filmmakers believe that if they have money and a star then they can call audience in the cinema hall by spending money on promotions. Our content is left behind in this race.