Classics like Mughal-e-Azam cannot be remade

Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan who has worked in remake of `Devdas` and `Don` in the recent years, says `Mughal-e-Azam` is the mother of all films and such iconic classics cannot be remade.

"Mughal-e-Azam is the mother of all films. `Ma ka remake nahi hota` (Mothers cannot be remade)," Shah Rukh told reporters here last night after unveiling a documentary produced by his Red Chillies Entertainment company on "Mughal-e-Azam".

According to him, even though many movies with similar theme as in with K Asif`s magnum opus have been created with good amount of success, `Mughal-e-Azam` still remains an epitome in Indian cinema.

"Some movies cannot be touched and this is one of them.

The orginality, passion of the filmmaker is so much evident in Mughal-e-Azam, that it cannot be recreated during a remake," SRK who flew down from Malaysia where he is shooting for `Don2` for the release function, said.

He said the documentary was not a piece of art but done to inspire people in showbiz about the need to preserve classics which are part of history.

"Remaking classics is not an answer to preserve them," he felt.

SRK said the documentary contains interviews with the family of K Asif who are based in London and their efforts to keep the film alive among the younger generation by colouring the movie, preserving the prints and asking painter M F Hussain to make the film his muse and bring it on canvass.

The 45-year-old actor, who dons the role of `Sutradhar` in the documentary, maintained that it was not meant for business but to showcase the hard work done by those associated with `Mughal-e-Azam` to keep the memory of the film alive.

He said his father worked in the film for a day and hence he had emotional attachment to it.