Bollywood lovers were surprised last weekend when rumours started spreading around Shahrukh Khan's next with Yash Chopra's being a remake of his own 'Daag: A Poem of Love'. Sources confirm though that there is no truth to the tale and the film is as original as it gets, just like is the case for other films that come out of Yash Raj Films.
"Neither Yash Chopra nor Aditya Chopra believe in remaking films. Neither have they bought anyone else's script nor have they have ever looked into their own past work for inspiration. Their films may be good or bad but they are always supposed to be original. Same is the case with the Shahrukh starrer as well," informs our source.
What added fire to the rumour though was the film's casting that reminded one of the Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore-Raakhee pairing in 'Daag' which had released close to four decades ago. Since Yash Chopra's film too has one leading man (Shahrukh Khan) and two leading ladies (Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma) with a romantic subject to boast, tongues started wagging about the supposed inspiration. More so since 'Daag', which was much ahead of it's time then, had been directed by Yash Chopra himself.
"Rumour mongers have a choice to say anything they want but Yash Raj Films has always believed in not reacting to it all, especially when it is out and out speculation with no theory or basis whatsoever," the source adds, "If one man and two women is a reason to call out 'Daag' as an inspiration, even 'Talaash' (Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee), 'Raaz 3' (Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta) or 'Barfee' (Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana DCruz) would sail in the same boat. Shahrukh's film is being targeted just because Chopras have been tight lipped over the film's actual storyline."
No wonder, the only information in this regard stays on to be extract from Yash Chopra's official statement that says, "This is a film which has an old soul but a young heart. A film which is classic in its look but contemporary in its language."
Well, the only give away we are finding here are the words - 'an old soul' - but guess we may just be reading a little too much between the lines here. Pun intended!