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I don't believe in remakes: Yash Chopra

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Saturday, November 18, 2006
Chandigarh, UNI: Veteran film maker Yash Chopra says he does not believe in producing remakes even as he is not against those trying their hands on old movies.

''Personally I don't believe in remakes and have no such plans,'' he told reporters here on Wednesday in reponse to whether he too would join the bandwagon of the directors producing remakes of films like Don, Umrao Jaan and Sholay.

However, he said he was not against those film makers who were producing remakes. ''Everyone is free to make the kind of films he likes provided it's quality cinema.'' Regarding the Yashraj Films' much-talked about Dhoom-II, to be released on November 24, he said it was an action-oriented film shot in Brazil, South Africa and other foreign locations.

Yashraj Films would also feature Madhuri Dixit in a film to be directed by Anil Mehta, he said but refused to disclose anything more about the movie. ''Madhuri is a wonderful actress and it would be a pleasure working with her.'' The banner would come up with six films next year, he said.

''We have a number of talented directors with us who help in making different kind of films. Every director brings a different kind of sensibility with him,'' he added.

To a question, he said he was not interested in joining politics.

''I am happy making films and have no plans to join politics.'' Asked if he had any Punjabi film on the anvil, he said all his Hindi films had a Punjabi ambience. ''I don't make Punjabi films because they have a limited audience. I want my films to be seen all over the country and the world,'' Yash Chopra said.

Disapproving of the word 'Bollywood,' he said the Bombay Film Industry had a place of its own in the world. ''We need not to name ourselves after others.'' Mr Chopra, who is chairman of the Chandigarh Tourism Advisory Forum, was in the city for the first meeting of the Forum on Wednesday.

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