"No chance of comparison with Jeetendra"
Actor Ajay Devgn, who would be stepping into the shoes of Jeetendra in the remake of 'Himmatwala', says there is no scope for comparison with the veteran.
"I don't think there is any chance of comparison. The way the script has been adapted from the 80's style keeping in mind today's audience, it is different. When one adapts a script point of view changes," Ajay told reporters here on the sidelines of a recording session for the chartbuster song 'Taaki O Taaki' by 100 musicians.
Director Sajid Khan is all charged up to remake the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer 1983 film. "When you see my version of 'Himmatwala' in 2013 with Ajay you will feel that it is not similar to Jeetuji's film," Sajid said.
"This is my version of 'Himmatwala' and you will get to see many things which were not there in the original. Actually they are two different stories. We have taken the rights officially for the film and for two songs," he said.
This is not the first time that Ajay is doing a retro film. Earlier his movie 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai' was set in the 70s.
Asked whether he thinks he is the man of all seasons and eras, Ajay said, "I don't know what to answer but it's a great feeling. You do something new, you attempt 70's and now you do 80's. We are fascinated with those times because we have been brought up on that cinema so it's going to be a lot of fun."
These days Ajay is seen as an action hero or tickling the funny bone in comedies but now he will have to gear up for the dancing part, which he has played safe so far, as he steps into the shoes of Jeetendra, called the 'Jumping Jack' of Bollywood.
The songs and dances of the 1983 superhit film were popular and it coined new phrases like PT Dance. "I am ready to do anything whatever they plan - be it action or dance. You can't look at one department, it is a film in totality. I am looking at the whole film right now," Ajay said.
"Farah would be the right person to answer about dance part. I think Ajay's image is of action and intense hero type but for me he is a complete hero, he can do anything. Our film is not a take of 'Himmatwala', or a spoof, it is based on the 1983 film," Sajid said.
The leading lady for the film is yet to be finalised. "We are looking at a fresh face... new heroine. And we will announce the same next month. We also have Prakash Raj and Paresh Rawal... this is a great combination," Sajid said. The film will go on floors in August. PTI