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“Hangover” Bollywood style

“The Hangover” (Todd Phillips), comedy about a bachelor party in Las Vegas gone wrong, is going to Bollywood for a remake.

Zee nominated Annes Bazmee (No Entry) will direct and Firoz Nadiadwala (Awara Paagal Deewana) will produce the Bollywood version which is expected to go on the floor early next year.

Filmfare winner Abhishek Bachchan (Bunty aur Babli), Katrina Kaif (Singh is Kinng), Filmfare winner Sanjay Dutt (Lage Raho Munna Bhai), Filmfare winner Paresh Rawal (Hera Pheri), and Screen winner Ritesh Deshmukh (Masti) are expected to star in the remake. This is said to be the first “legitimate” Hollywood remake for Bazmee though he is alleged to have lifted materials from Hollywood films in the past.

Critics are wondering how the Bollywood will catch the essence and comedy of a Hollywood hit and how to effectively translate some of its dialogues in Hindustani. But some say that it has a Bollywood feel.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has welcomed Hollywood-Bollywood partnership but said that Bollywood should focus on rich heritage of India instead of brazenly copying Hollywood and the West. Why borrow when India was full of wonderful writers and stories on all genres, Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, asked.

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