Just when one thought that Ramgopal Varma
Ki Sholay was on its way to an unhindered
release came the Sippy grandsons, lawsuit
in hand, demanding that the movie never be
allowed to release. Long drawn court battles
and a concomitant change in the title of the
movie the dust storm looks to have settled,
at least for the time being.
As we had reported earlier the new Sholay will be called
Ramgopal Varma Ki Aag. But that’s not only the name
that has been changed. The mean and menacing Gabbar Singh
will now be called Babban Singh, Basanti will be called
Ghungroo and Jai will be called Jai Ranade. It looks like
the grandson’s of the original producer were very
particular that nothing in the new version should be ripped
off the original (except the storyline of course).
The Delhi high court, after hearing the arguments from
both the sides, decided to give the go ahead for the release
of the movie and asked the Sippy’s to come up with
a fresh lawsuit if they deemed it necessary after watching
the movie and deciding whether it was a straight rip off
their historic home production. So, it’s official.
Ramgopal Verma’s Aag will release and all scores
will be settled later. We will get to see the movie!