Filmmaker Sabbir Khan is popularly known for Tiger Shroff’s films Heropanti and Baaghi. Heropanti was a launching movie for the son of veteran actor Jackie Shroff. Both the movies are a remake of South movies. A franchise was extended with Heropanti 2 and for another film, Baaghi 2 and 3 was created. The director of Tiger-led action films believes the franchise stemming from both the films didn’t work as the sequels were not organic.
‘Heropanti’ is the remake of the 2008 Telugu film Parugu, which starred Allu Arjun in the lead. Baaghi is again a remake of a Telugu romantic action film Varsham. The original movie featured Prabhas and it was released in 2004. Sequels to both the Bollywood movies were made and clearly disappointed the director Sabbir Khan.
According to Khan, both films were not made with the intent to turn them into a franchise. In an interview with PTI, the director said: “When we made the films initially we did not make it as a franchise. They were organic films… For me, a sequel is something where you take the story and characters forward. If you are making a completely different story then it is a different film. It is just a business move to use the title. I was not leaning towards that.”
Khan states the original film Heropanti and Baaghi has lost its audience. He further added: “I have not seen those films (the sequels of ‘Heropanti’ and ‘Baaghi’). It has lost its audience.”
Sabbir Khan’s next directorial is Nikamma which is again a remake of the 2017 Telugu film “Middle Class Abbayi”, starring Nani. The Hindi version titled Nikamma features Abhimanyu Dassani, son of Bhagyashree, Shirley Setia, and Shilpa Shetty in the leading role. This movie also marks the debut of singer Shirley and the comeback of Shilpa Shetty. Nikamma slated to release on June 17 is produced by Sony Pictures Films India and Sabbir Khan Films.
Talking about making remakes, Sabbir said: “When you remake a film it is very tough because the original has worked and there is a benchmark set. I liked the core story of the original but the screenplay is mine. We have added our touch and flavour to the story. For me as a director, this is a slightly different film from my past work. Apart from action, it has a strong story and family values.”