Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay is a forthcoming 2007 film, a remake of the 1975 film Sholay.
Ram Gopal Varma has already surprised the public by announcing that Amitabh Bachchan who played Jai in the original will play the role of Gabbar Singh played by Amjad Khan in the original. Varma also roped in Mohanlal, the popular South Indian actor, to play the role of Thakur Baldev Singh played by Sanjeev Kumar in the original. The character of Jai had to be portrayed by new find, Mohit Ahlawat but will now be played by Prashant Raj Sachdev. Another shocking casting decision was Katrina Kaif being chosen for the role of Radha, but the latest news is that Sushmita Sen is now going to play the role.
Ram Gopal Varma's current favourite Nisha Kothari will play Basanti. Abhishek Bachchan was originally meant to play the role of Veeru but dropped out. When Ram Gopal Varma discussed the film's end with Amitabh and Abhishek, they realised it would be very difficult to show the real-life father and son duo fight each other for shooting the climax. This led to Abhishek bowing out of the film. Saif Ali Khan was then offered the role but he turned it down as well. It was announced in December 2005 that Ajay Devgan will now essay the role of Veeru. Sunil Shetty was also considered for the role of Sambha but later Ramu signed Sushant Singh for Sambha’s role. They are rumours that Boman Irani was offered to play Angrez Jailer. Shreyas Talpade was offered to play Ahmed, but turned down the offer, now Gaurav Kapoor will essay the role of Ahmed. Asha Bhosle, who was originally supposed to sing the famous track ‘Mehbooba O Mehbooba’, the original song being sung by her late husband R D Burman, has been replaced by Sunidhi Chauhan, Amitabh Bachchan will pitch in a few lines. Earlier Himesh Reshammiya was to compose a different special remixed version of the original number for the film, however things seem to have changed and Ganesh Hegde roped in, because Himesh is quite busy with his schedule.
- Amitabh Bachchan ... Gabbar Singh
- Mohanlal ... Inspector Ranveer
- Ajay Devgan ... Virendra Chavan
- Prashant Raj Sachdev ... Jai Ranade
- Nisha Kothari ... Ghunghroo
- Sushmita Sen ... Devi
- Sushant Singh ... Sambha
- Rajpal Yadav ... Soorma Bhopali
- Boman Irani ... Angrez Jailer (Rumored)
- Gaurav Kapoor ... Ahmed
- Urmila Matondkar ... Dancing Seductress
- Abhishek Bachchan ... Gypsy Singer