There is a Rambo remake in Bollywood, and the actor who is originally famous for playing the iconic character seems a bit worried about it. The Indian version will have young actor Tiger Shroff playing the character in the upcoming Hindi movie. The first look of the film was released earlier today, and Sylvester Stallone has commented about the Indian remake.
Hollywood veteran Sylvester Stallone hopes India does justice with the iconic character he is often identified with. It is not easy to remake cult films like the Rambo series, which was based on David Morrell’s novel First Blood. Even before the first look of the Bollywood movie was released, Stallone took to Instagram to talk about his feelings about the Bollywood remake starring Tiger Shroff. He shared an old image from the Rambo series and captioned the image with his take about the Indian remake.
“I read recently they are remaking Rambo in India! Great character. Hope they don’t wreck it.”
The first Rambo movie, called First Blood, was released in 1982, eight years before Tiger Shroff was born. That time, it grossed more than $125 million worldwide. The movie is hugely popular in India. Stallone is often known as “Rambo” in the country, instead of his real name. First Blood had a number of successful sequels to its name. The fourth installment of the movie, called Rambo, was released in 2008 and grossed $113 million worldwide.
I read recently they are remaking Rambo in India… I wish them luck.. Great character.. https://t.co/y06bRZY49w
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) May 19, 2017
Shroff, who is a martial artist himself, is known for his action skills. Even though he is pretty new in the Bollywood film industry, he has already made a name for himself with his unmatched skills in martial arts. Shroff is also known for being a quality dancer. The Bollywood remake will be directed by Siddharth Anand, who also directed Bang Bang!, a Bollywood remake of Hollywood film Knight and Day.
— Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) May 20, 2017
Sylvester Stallone might have enough reasons to be worried about the Bollywood remake of his film. Even though Indian makers have attempted the remake of a number of Hollywood movies in the past, they often failed to justify the cult status of those films. Bang Bang! was a weak remake of the original film, even though it had big Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif.
Other Bollywood remakes include Heyy Babyy (Three Men and A Baby), We Are Family (Stepmom), Kyon Ki (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Kaante (Reservoir Dogs), and God Tussi Great Ho (Bruce Almighty). While some of these movies became successful at the box office, none of these movies managed to earn the praise for doing justice to the original movies.
Tiger Shroff, known for his humility, talked about his feeling about playing the iconic character, played by an equally iconic Hollywood actor.
“Grew up on this character, humbled and blessed to step into his shoes years later,” he tweeted.
The movie will have an Indian context for sure. The Bollywood remake of Rambo is about a member of the Indian Armed Forces. He comes home to find a war in his own land. He started training himself to become an unstoppable force of destruction.
Shroff also reacted to Stallone’s comment about the Bollywood remake. He called the Hollywood actor as “irreplaceable.”
“I hope I don’t let you down, sir.”
For Shroff, it is a surreal feeling to play Stallone’s character. He expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to play Rambo’s character.
— Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) May 19, 2017
“By no means do I believe I can replace the legendary Sylvester Stallone; however, I do feel that somehow this is something I’ve been preparing for since childhood,” the Hindustan Times quoted him as saying.
The Indian remake of Rambo is expected to release in 2018.
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