Big B does not favour remakes

Mumbai: Even as remakes have become the flavour of the season in Bollywood, megastar Amitabh Bachchan personally does not favour the trend.

"Abhishek and I feel that an original should be left (as) original. People who are doing remakes have the rights of the original films.. so they can do it," Bachchan, whose films like `Satte Pe Satta` and `Agnipath`– are being remade, said when asked if his company, AB Corp, plans to try its hand at remakes.

Bachchan said there was a generation that loved K L Saigal as Devdas. "For my generation, Dilip Kumar was the ultimate `Devdas`. For today`s youth, it is Shah Rukh. Tastes and preferences change with generations as one goes about remaking the same product.

"Who knows, after some years people might feel that Shah Rukh is the original Don," the Big B said.

He also said that he was not a trendsetter for the "angry young man" characters. "There were few of them before me, prominent one being Duttsaab (Sunil Dutt) in Mother India."

Bachchan said his own his `angry young man` characters clicked, because of the times. The youth were perceived to be angry with the system and they identified with his characters who took on an entire system and won.

He laments that the soft lyrical quality of music has disappeared. The 68-year-old is hoping that the song `Haal-e-dil` sung by him in the coming `Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap` will revive that kind of music.

The veteran said he was unhappy that there was lack of good dialogue and screenplay in today`s movies, unlike films like `Deewar`, `Trishul`, `Silsila`, whose dialogues are remembered even today. "Today, there is no longevity."

Performing action sequences, dancing and singing at this age was physically streneous for him, he concedes. "I go to the gym every day. But for this role, I trained a little more and looked after my diet," he added.