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Farah Khan’s ‘Seven’ not ‘Satte Pe Satta’ remake; Hrithik Roshan did not like first draft

There has been a lot of speculation around the movie which was being touted as the remake of Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini starrer Satte Pe Satta. While it was reported that Farah Khan would direct the film and Rohit Shetty would produce it, Hrithik Roshan and Anushka Sharma were reported to be playing the lead roles.

Now there are two new developments pertaining to the film which is tentatively titled as Seven. Bollywood Hungama has reported the film will not be a remake of Satte Pe Satta as the deal between the makers and the copyright owner of original film fell through. Therefore, the makers can not use the title Satte Pe Satta and the character of Babu (antagonist also played by Amitabh Bachchan as he had double role in the movie) which was created by the makers of 1982 film and was not there in the original 1954 Hollywood film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Second development is that Hrithik Roshan has not liked the first draft of the film as with the removal of the character of Babu his character has become very uni-dimensional. Hrithik has asked the makers to revise certain parts to make his character more exciting.

The report quoted a trade source as saying, “An announcement on the movie (tentatively titled Seven) was to appear this week with Hrithik Roshan as the lead. Apparently, the team along with Farah and her writers went to give a narration to Hrithik last week but he didn’t like it. He told the team to re-write some parts again and return with a fresh narrative. Earlier, it had been reported that Rohit and Farah were keen to make the remake of the 1982 Satte Pe Satta, directed by Romu N Sippy but the deal with Rajesh Vasani (who owned the remake rights), fell through. There were two hitches which came with that – Rohit, Farah and the team could not use the title Satte Pe Satta and the character of Babu, which has been created by original writers of Satte Pe Satta, Satish Bhatnagar, Kader Khan and Jyoti Swaroop.”

“In Satte Pe Satta, the double role of Amitabh Bachchan as Ravi Anand (played by Bachchan), the good elder brother was balanced by the darker and pivotal character of Babu (again played by Bachchan), and who was also the antagonist. That would be an exciting character for anybody, including an actor like Hrithik to play and with that missing, something was lacking in the script. The makers were in talks with an international entertainment company for the official remake rights of the Hollywood musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). The first draft didn’t have anything to do with Romu N Sippy’s Satte Pe Satta, as was the original plan. So now, Hrithik has told Farah and the team to re-write certain portions to make his character more exciting. Once they come back for another draft, will he decide whether he wants to do it or not,” the source added.

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