Couldn’t show Pran ‘Zanjeer’ remake: Amit Mehra

Producer is remaking film which shot late actor to fame, says he consulted Pran before he died on Friday


Mumbai: Amit Mehra, who is remaking his father Prakash Mehra’s hit film “Zanjeer”, said he was shocked to hear about veteran actor Pran’s death and said it is sad that he won’t be able to show him the latest version of the action thriller.

Pran, 93, died at Mumbai’s Leelavati Hospital Friday night.

“This is a very sad news. I was very fond of him. I went to meet him before casting someone for the role played by him in ‘Zanjeer’. He was very happy that Sanjay Dutt did the role. I had promised him to show the film, but unfortunately I couldn’t,” Mehra told IANS.

Mehra said he wanted Pran to make a guest appearance in the remake, but could not do it due to his health.

“I wanted him to come on the set for a small shot, but his health was not permitting. He was not keeping well, so we couldn’t do that,” he said.

Priyanka Chopra, who is working in the remake of the 1973 hit “Zanjeer”, which popularised Pran as Sher Khan, a Pathan friend who stands through thick and thin by the protagonist played by Amitabh Bachchan, too mourned his death.

She also took to Twitter and posted: “’Zanjeer’! Will miss Sher Khan forever. RIP Pran sahib. Thank you for giving us such a legendary legacy. Loss of a legend. Prayers and condolences.”

The new version is being directed by Apoorva Lakhia, with Telugu star Ramcharan Teja in the lead, while Sanjay Dutt will be seen in the role played by Pran.