Bhansali plans to remake Khalnayak, offers Rs 9cr for rights

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Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is gearing for the release of Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-Priyanka Chopra-starrer, wants to remake Subhash Ghai’s 1993 blockbuster Khalnayak.

Reports claim that Bhansali has offered Rs 9 crore to Ghai for the rights of the film that featured Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff in lead roles. Earlier, Salman Khan bought the rights of Ghai’s Hero (1983) for close to Rs 7 crore, and Ram Lakhan’s (1989) rights were bought by Karan Johar for around Rs 5 crore.

Subhash Ghai said he has been talking to Bhansali over the issue for a while now. “Many producers have approached me for the rights of Khalnayak. Sanjay also expressed his wish to remake the film. We had to negotiate the price. But he got busy,” he says.

Ghai has no suggestions for the cast of the remake. “Once I sell the rights of my film, I don’t interfere. I sold the rights of Hero to Salman Khan and Ram Lakhan to Karan Johar too. They are all filmmakers and know how to modernise the film.”

Bhansali’s next, Bajirao Mastani is slated to hit theatres on December 18.

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