The legend Amjad Khan who was well known for the part of ‘Gabbar’ that he played in Sholay, though has left for heavenly abode, his work is still remembered by many. Now that the film’s 3D version is going to come out soon, the makers of the movie are looking to pay homage to the legendary 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’.”
Shadaab, the son of Amjad Khan isn’t new to B-town and in fact made his debut as a lead opposite Rani Mukherji in ‘Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat'(1997). Post that he wasn’t seen in many hit movies and once his movies started doing badly at the box-office, he decided to part ways with B-town not before directing a film ‘Highway 203’ which never got released.
“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.”
When 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 mega-event.
While this would be a golden moment indeed, considering Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan are very active in the film circuit as well, unfortunately there won’t be anyone present to fill in the big shoes of ‘Thakur’ Sanjeev Kumar.