#WhatIf: 'Sholay' would be REMADE with the cast of 'Ishqbaaaz'

You totally know who Jai is, but what about others..

Monday, April 16, 2018 | 5:15:50 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The idea of 'what if' is always extremely exciting, isn't it? To think, that is there is no limitation, and there are endless possibilities to various things is a thought that fascinates me a lot. I hope you have your humour and imaginative guns blazing for this piece, as I have hit that zone to the maximum for this one.

So, here we begin, our latest series on #WhatIf Bollywood masterpieces were remade for TV. No, we don't actually want that to happen, but to think, that it can is certainly a lot of fun, for sure.

The first one on our list today is one of the biggest blockbusters and cult movies of all time, Sholay. And considering Sholay was an ensemble cast film, we couldn't find a better ensemble cast on television than the blockbuster of Indian TV, Ishqbaaaz.

Trying to stay true to the explanation and character traits, we have of course made some changes in the actual pairings and descriptions. So, sit back, have a read and get amused.

Nikitin Dheer aka Veer as Gabbar Singh

There did not seem to be any doubt for us on this one. He is macho - check, he is ruthless - check, He tortured Basanti - here, Veer tortures Anika - Check. Nikitin is a proven villain on-screen, and playing Gabbar is totally justifiable to his talent.

We had our doubts about this one initially, but then, if we go to compare the character traits, Bhavya (Mansi) comes the closest to being Radha in Sholay. Of course, the flashback scene of Radha would pass for Anika (Surbhi Chandna) or Gauri (Shrenu Parikh), but the widowed Radha is mellow, and conveys a lot, purely through her eyes. Mansi can totally do that, we are certain.

There couldn't have been a more apt person to play Veeru than Leenesh aka Rudra. The playfulness, the innocence, and at times, the much needed rage and strength; Dharmendra's Veeru does quite seem to be a character sketch for Leenesh's Rudra. It may be not, but we see Leenesh totally acing the character of Veeru.

Mahesh Thakur as Thakur

No, we did not choose Mahesh Thakur as Thakur, only because the common word being Thakur. But, the various shades to Tej as a character is quite similar to that of Thakur. While Thakur was almost like a father figure to Jai and Veeru, here Tej is exactly the same to the Oberoi brothers. He may have his share of sins, but, we have seen flashes of Tej being a good man too.

Surbhi Chandna as Basanti

I don't think anyone can debate on this one at all. Be it Surbhi or her character, Anika, the lady is as Basanti as anyone can be. Jovial, madcap, crazy and of course, a talker, Surbhi Chandna or Anika absolutely pronounce Basanti like no one else can. Yun ki, humein zyada baat karne ki aadat to hai nai, to aage badhte hai.

The hero. The man himself. Shivaay Singh Oberoi or Jai- they are righteous, taskmasters, no-nonsense preachers and of course, can do anything for their loved ones. Most importantly above everything, Shivaay's love for his brothers is a benchmark for many to follow, just like Jai's friendship and sacrifice for Veeru.

So, there you have it.I know, some of you may not like the fact that we have reversed the pairings of Rudra-Bhavya and Shivaay-Anika, but it purely on the character traits that we have done so. The playfulness and innocence of Veeru and Basanti suit Rudra and Anika more than Shivaay and Bhavya; while the subtlety, maturity and seriousness of Jai and Radha is more aptly associated to Jai and Bhavya. (It's all in fun guys!)

Also, we feel terrible for being unable to cast Kunal Jaisingh and Shrenu Parikh in any roles, but Sholay's principal cast would suit best with the above mentioned names according to us, and it would have been unfair to cast them for the sake of it.

So, did you enjoy that? We cannot wait to know. Also, as we said, this is a series and we have a lot more coming up every week. Have any special requests? Please tell us in the comments below..
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Posted on: 18 April 2018 at 11:39pm
It wud have been better to cast Shrenu in place f that mansi for Radha! She's a total misfit here but I like other roles!

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Posted on: 17 April 2018 at 10:32am
Lots of love to Surbhi Chandna and Nakuul Mehta- you guys rock in Ishqbaaaz, the rest haters will always hate :P

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Posted on: 17 April 2018 at 5:01am
This article is a prime example of "Murgatha ki Pradarshan!" Sholay is considered a classic.It is above comparison. If you are going to compare, do so with something with even a little bit of credibility in writing & characterization!

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Posted on: 17 April 2018 at 4:28am
OMG what is this ? Nonsense an stupid article why insult Epic film SHOLAY ?
IF unable to cast Kunal jaisingh an shrenu in any roles Thanks for .

Love u Kunal jaisingh u r awesome actor . boring IB only watch for omkara n gauri.

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Posted on: 17 April 2018 at 3:57am
Very stupid n Funny Article. OMG I just laughing reading this article OM MY MATA This writer and IB Writer have same quality. IF plz don't worry for Kunal jaisingh n shrenu coz they r real artist n they have acting skill so we fans so happy coz they r not add Kunal and Shrenu don't have to be included in this shit comparison of yours.

Kunal jaisingh is an amazing actor and he deserves best.

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Posted on: 16 April 2018 at 11:41pm
nonsense article. Oh don't worry IF none of Kunal jaisingh and Shrenu fans want them in this not so funny or whatever stupid article you guys wrote making mockery of epic film.You are why insulting The Epic SHOLAY film ?
Kunal jaisingh is an amazing actor and he deserves best.

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Posted on: 16 April 2018 at 3:35pm
If remade With IB actors Svetlana would've been gabbar and would've tried to hookup(get married)to all the men jai(nakul) veeru(lee)
Thakur(mahesh) and imam (shakti)

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Posted on: 16 April 2018 at 2:06pm
Lol really kuch bhi .. Ishqbaaz cast except mahesh thakur is highly overrated and overhyped they can never match the acting ability of these legends

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Posted on: 16 April 2018 at 12:28pm

Mansi as Radha would make use commit suicide!!!

Surbhi Jyoti would suit Basanti!!!!

Sorry but Nakul Mehta cannot play Jai!!!

Leenesh as Veeru no ways!!!

But the choice of Gabbar and Thakur were good!!!

I suppose Gul Khan would be played Maasi!!!

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Posted on: 16 April 2018 at 11:22am

What kind of nonsense is this?

Nakul Mehta needs to take acting classes for next 100 years to match just 1% with Bachchan's acting skill.

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