Ramesh Taurani's plan to remake Amar Akbar Anthony with the Khan brothers Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz has run into rough weather. Launched in 2006, it appears that it has been shelved. Says an industry source, "TIPS announced the launch of Manmohan Desai's remake of Amar Akbar Anthony in 2006 but till now, the film hasn't made progress.
It was to start in 2009 but now the Khan brothers and David have taken a decision to shelve the film. The decision was taken after God Tussi Great Ho released. Since God Tussi didn't do well both thought the audience might not like the Khan brothers again as it would be a case of over exposure. David Dhawan too doesn't have dates till next year. He is also busy with the launch of his production house and his son's career."
The source adds, "The film ran into problems last year too with Salman making it clear that he no longer wants to be part of it as he was not happy with the role of Anthony. Salman was playing Amitabh's role while Arbaaz was playing Amar (Vinod Khanna) and Sohail was playing Akbar (Rishi Kapoor). Salman's girlfriend Katrina Kaif was slotted to play the role done by Parveen Babi in the original. The decision to shelve Amar Akbar Anthony was taken a few days ago but Sohail and Taurani have decided not to announce it right now as Taurani wants the schedule of his next film Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani which is being shot in Ooty to be completed smoothly."
They say it's on!
Ramesh Taurani: "Amar Akbar Anthony hasn't been shelved. We will start shooting in early 2009."
Sohail Khan: "It's not true that we have shelved the film as we brothers didn't want to act together. Amar Akbar Anthony will start by the end of next year."