Is Shraddha Kapoor starrer Chaalbaaz in London a remake of Sridevi’s Chaalbaaz? Director Pankaj Parashar clarifies
In April this year, director-choreographer Ahmed Khan and producer Bhushan Kumar had announced their next film Chaalbaaz In London starring Shraddha Kapoor in the lead. Interestingly, Chaalbaaz in London is helmed by Pankaj Parashar who also directed Chaalbaaz (1989) featuring Sridevi, Rajinikanth and Sunny Deol.
Going by the title of both the films and the fact that both the leading ladies play a double role, its inevitable that everyone assumed Chaalbaaz in London is a remake of Sridevi starrer Chaalbaaz. However that’s not the case. Director Pankaj Parashar recently opened up about how audience might draw comparisons between Shraddha and Sridevi. But he assured that there’s no need for anyone to do so. Pankaj also revealed if he is simply remaking his 1989 film. Read on.
Speaking to about his upcoming directorial, Pankaj told Times of India, “We’re not remaking the previous film, but we are attempting a new story in a completely different zone with a new set of characters. It will have a lot of action and a very intense emotional track. As a filmmaker, I love the fact that I have big shoes to fill. Even 30 years later, people have Na Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai on their playlists. I have some sort of a name to live up to, and I happily accept the challenge.”
Pankaj wants Chaalbaaz in London to be ahead of time just like his previous film. Commenting on how he cannot rule out comparisons between Shraddha and Sridevi, the director further added, “Chaalbaaz is a part of Sridevi’s legacy now, and hence, we have a tremendous responsibility on our shoulders to live up to the word ‘chaalbaaz’. I cannot rule out comparisons, which people will draw between Shraddha and Sridevi. But when they see the film, they will know that there was no need for that.”