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Ram Gopal Varma fined 10 Lakhs for destroying Sholay

Ram Gopal Varma fined 10 Lakhs for destroying Sholay

Director Ram Gopal Varma who is very popular in India with some of his classic films as well as due to the fair bit of controversies in which he has been involved in over these years has been fined by the Delhi High Court for destroying the evergreen classic of Indian Cinema Sholay. Ram Gopal Varma had remade the classic film Sholay with the title Aag few years back with a star cast of Amitab Bachchan, Mohanlal and Ajay Devgun.

Ram Gopal Varma had tried to tell the story in a different perspective based on Sholay and the highlights of the film was two things. One is that Amitab Bachchan and Mohanlal, the actors who were considered among the greatest actors in India, acted together for the first time in their long career and the second thing is that Amitab Bachchan who was the hero of the original version of Sholay Released in 1975 played the villain in this new version named Aag. Mohanlal had played the central character played by the great Sanjeev Kumar in the original version.

The flick was a failure at box office and even critics do not spare the film as well. Critics and audience were found only one positive in the whole movie and that was the stunning performance of Mohanlal as Thakkoor and popular media like CNN IBN told in its review that Mohanlal is like the boy in the burning deck when the plight of the film is concerned.

But now after all these years the film’s plight did not seem to spare Ram Gopal Varma. The son of the producer of sholay named Vijay Sippy had filed a case against Ram Gopal Varma saying that Ram gopal Varma had violated copyright issue while remade the film. He had used the background music, dialogues, character names and also twisted the original story on his own without seeking permission and at last destroyed the original version. Delhi high court considered the case and found Ram Gopal Varma guilty and fined him 10 lakhs rupees for playing with a masterpiece work and make it look ugly.

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