The legend of Amjad Khan is all set to live on. Even though the actor left for heavenly abode more than two decades ago, his work is still remembered, most notably the part of ‘Gabbar’ that he played in Sholay. Now when the film’s 3D version is being readied for release, the makers are looking at paying homage to the actor.
“In order to do that, they are inviting his elder son Shadaab Khan to be a part of the film’s promotional activities,” informs a source, “More than a marketing peg, it is an emotional chord that they are looking at striking with the audience. While Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra, the original ‘Jai’ and ‘Veeru’ are around, there was no way they could have missed out ‘Gabbar’.”
For the uninitiated, Shadaab Khan isn’t new to the tinsel world and was in fact the lead opposite Rani Mukherji in her debut film. As an antagonist, he was paired with her in Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat (1997). Post that he was seen in a couple of more films and once they didn’t do well at the box office, he moved away from the B-town but not before directing a film Highway 203 that unfortunately never saw the light of the day.
“Ever since then, Shadaab has stayed away from the arc lights but now that he is being asked to stand in for his father, he may not be able to say ‘no’,” says an industry insider, “It is the biggest reunion ever for the Sholay team. Even though there have been quite a few re-releases that the film has enjoyed over last three decades, a 3D arrival is being pitched as an event no less. It is a glorious moment for all and if Shadaab is around, it is only going to make the fans and followers of Amjad Khan happy. Through him, at least they would be able to live the late actor’s legacy.”
On being contacted, Jayantilal Gada, who is bringing Sholay 3D on screen, confirmed that not just Shadaab but even other family members of Amjad Khan are being approached to be a part of this event.
While this would be a golden moment indeed, considering Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan are active in the film circuit as well, unfortunately there won’t be anyone present to fill in the big shoes of ‘Thakur’ Sanjeev Kumar.