Karan Johar officially announced the casting of the Agneepath remake. Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra will play the lead role in the film. It was surprising to learn that the strongest contender of the Agneepath role, Abhishek Bachchan was not there on the list. When inquired about it, KJo cleverly passed the buck to his newbie director Karan Malhotra.
Says Karan Johar, "When my father (the late Yash Johar) produced Agneepath, he left everything to his director Mukul Anand and kept completely away from the project. I'm carrying on the family tradition. The casting for the Agneepath remake was decided by the director Karan Malhotra. He decided on Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. Why Hrithik and not Abhishek? I think Siddharth has his own ideas on how to present the character. I think the protagonist in the new Agneepath would be very different from how he was in the original."
The script for the new Agneepath is entirely re-vamped. Priyanka Chopra will no more play a nurse, like Madhvi in the original film. The character played by Mithun Chakraborty in the original version has been totally removed from the script.
Is there any tension about the Bachchan's scion?
Abhishek was not been approached for the remake of Agneepath but last week, at the haute couture week, it was crystal-clear that the Bachchans still treated Karan as part of their family.
Last Wednesday, at Manish Malhotra's fashion show, Abhishek, more baffled than hurt, walked up and warmly hugged Karan. The following evening on Thursday, Karan coaxed the original Agneepath protagonist Big B to walk the ramp with the star of the remake Hrithik Roshan, thereby putting an end to all speculation within the film industry about a strain between the Bachchan parivar and Karan over the Agneepath issue.
Says Karan emotionally, "The Bachchans and my family go back a long way. Our association is not on a film-to-film basis. It doesn't matter how many films we work in or don't work in. For the record, I will be doing at least ten more films with Abhishek in my lifetime. He's already done two films with our banner Dharma Productions. He's doing Dostana 2 next year."