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Farhan Akhtar: 'there's nothing wrong with remakes'

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Farhan Akhtar has said that there is nothing wrong with remaking a classic film.

The actor and director is preparing for the release of the second instalment of action thriller Don, Don 2: The Chase Continues.

Responding to comments made by Amitabh Bachchan - who said that neither he nor his son Abhishek favour remakes of classic movies - Akhtar told The Times of India: "I am a huge fan of Amit uncle. But to say that classics should not be remade?

"Perhaps he said it in a different context. It cannot be a standalone statement because the same person has done a remake of Sholay."

The Rock On! star said many classic films have been remade with great success and public acclaim.

"When you look back, the most remade film ever in the history of cinema is Devdas. It has been made eight times. When it was being remade with Dilip Kumar people objected, saying that how can one make Devdas with Dilip Kumar and that only K.L. Saigal can do it.

"People are fascinated by certain stories and they want to retell the story for today's audience. What is wrong in that?"

Shah Rukh Khan, who stars in the film, maintained that the intention behind remaking Don was always "to pay tribute to Amitabh ji".

"There is only one Don," he said, "and he is Amitabh Bachchan."

The sequel to Don: The Chase Begins Again, which itself was a remake of a 1978 film, will be released on December 23, 2011.

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