There are reimaginings, reinventions adaptations and remakes and though there may not seem to be a huge distinction between any of these, there is a fair difference for story lovers like myself. Of course, I like them all, given the right medium and production but like I always say, not every project is made equal— and at times, they’re nothing more than a dramatic crap shoot.
So with the amount of films that Bollywood churns out per year(hundreds) it’s no wonder at least a third are remakes. I’ve seen several and while some were just as horrible as the originals (U Me Aur Hum) and others didn’t hit the mark (Players, Salaam-e-Ishq), many I have liked just as much (Pyar Hona Hi Tha, Hum Tum) or better (I See You).
But what I’ve found with all Hindi remakes is I’m more prone to give them a chance, for they usually manage to make the worst films, just a tad more entertaining. And at the very least, that is my hope with Siddarth Anand‘s latest Bang Bang.
Being the official remake of 2010 Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day, my thoughts are there’s no where to go but up, for Anand has snagged two of the industry’s sexiest stars with the most bombastic chemistry. Hrithik Roshan is a wonder all on his own; he creates crackling chemistry with anyone, however, his pairing with Katrina Kaif in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara set the couple to new heights, rivaling that of most popular co-star Aishwarya Rai.
Considering the Box Office, Knight and Day was deemed a hit but was shallow in character development and story, therefore, as long as this film gives us pretty people, beaches, bombs and blasts, I think we’ll have a winner. And given the first stills, teasers and posters, Bang Bang will live up to all title claims and connotations.
What better way to be reminded of the summer’s seduction of salty sands and sultry sunrises…
Bang Bang opens October 2.