The last time Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar had come together was for Mr. India more than two decades ago before they parted ways for unexplained reasons. However, now when the plans for a remake of the 1973 film Zanjeer has been announced, the dynamic duo has decided to come together for making their displeasure known for what they are calling a copyright infringement.
Confirming the news, Salim Khan was quoted to have said, "The first thing I did was to call up Javed saab. He feels our stand on the issue is very strong and plans to bring it up in Delhi very soon." On his part, Javed Akhtar too spoke on the issue and was quoted to have said, "I did not even know who was remaking Zanjeer. I just heard about it eight days ago and called up my lawyer. It would have been the decent thing to do for them to tell us about the project but no one has bothered to talk to us. Perhaps the people who are remaking the film have paid for the rights to do so. But creative rights are not like byuying property. Salim saab and I wrote Zanjeer. It is our moral right to be informed about any plans to use our creative resources."
The remake of the film that created the 'Angry Young Man' image for Amitabh Bachchan is supposed to star South superstar Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan Teja as the protagonist Vijay whereas Priyanka Chopra is to play the role essayed by Jaya Bachchan in the original. Apart from that, Singham baddie Prakash Raj has been slated to play the antagonist Teja.