Rumours of a remake of Mahesh Bhatt’s 1991 romantic musical Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (DHKMN) seem as farfetched as the idea of Salman Khan doing Dabangg 3.
Refuting the reports completely, Pooja wonders how and where they came from. “Mahesh Bhatt directed DHKMN. He cannot be replaced. And there’s no way anyone else will direct a remake. This whole speculation about a remake snowballed after I was asked by someone if DHKMN was remade whom would you like to see playing Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt. I replied, ‘Ranbir Kapoor & Alia Bhatt.’ That’s all there is to it.”
However there is more to this than just a misapprehended media response.
A well-informed ex-groupie from the Bhatt camp says, “They are now in denial about the DHKMN remake. But it was a reality two years ago. Mohit Suri was going to direct the remake. Emraan Hashmi had been finalized to play Aamir Khan’s role. But then everyone suddenly woke up to the reality that DHKMN was a scene-by-scene adaptation of Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night. Whem DHKMN was made 24 years ago laws about copyright infringement were very vague. Bollywood directors would happily rip off every film from Hollywood they could lay their eyes on. Now you can’t get away with it. If you are caught copying, there’s hell to pay.”
Mahesh Bhatt has the last word on the supposed remake. “Wherever there’s smoke there is fire. However the stories doing the rounds of the media are pure fiction.”