Amitabh Bachchan’s cult classic Namak Halaal set for a remake

Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: STRDEL/AFP via Getty Images)
Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: STRDEL/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Mohnish Singh

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has delivered hundreds of hits and superhits in his storied acting career. The popularity of his films amongst all age groups can be gauged by the fact that some of his blockbusters have been remade by new-age filmmakers, including Sholay (1975) and Don (1978).

If fresh reports are to be believed, yet another film from his electric repertoire is set for a modern adaptation. Yes, you read it right! The remake of superhit film Namak Halaal (1982), wherein Big B starred alongside Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, and Smita Patil, is currently in the works.

The remake rights of the Prakash Mehra directorial, whose music and dialogues are popular even today, have been acquired by filmmaker Murad Khetani, who will bankroll it under his production house, Cine1 Studios.

Confirming the development, Khetani tells a publication, “Yes, I have bought the rights to remake Amitabh Bachchan-Shashi Kapoor-Smita Patil-Parveen Babi starrer Namak Halaal. It is a film that has been loved across generations and by people of all ages. We are working on the script at this point. We have not approached any actor or director for the film as of now. We will work on the casting once we lock the script completely.”

Namak Halaal was the biggest blockbuster of 1982, which went on to become the highest-grossing film of that year. It will be really interesting to see the cast of the forthcoming remake. Do you have any suggestions who all should step into the shoes of Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, and Smita Patil?

Meanwhile, Murad Khetani is busy with his upcoming production titles, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and an untitled film with Sidharth Malhotra. While Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is a sequel to superhit horror-comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), his film with Sidharth Malhotra is an official remake of hit Tamil film Thadam (2019).

Keep visiting this space for more updates.