Whenever you think of Yash Chopra, you think of romance. There is no doubt about the fact that the late filmmaker gave us romantic classics that will be relevant for ages but he dabbled in other genres as well. Take ‘Ittefaq’ for instance. The B.R Chopra produced thriller, a remake of the English film ‘Signpost To Murder’, revolved primarily around two characters and had no songs in it. Yash Chopra had not made a romantic film by then but Rajesh Khanna was at the peak of his career and a song-less thriller is not exactly what the audience expected him to star in. But, the taut and gripping thriller managed to keep the audience hooked throughout its duration and turns out to be one of the 17 consecutive hits Khanna delivered between 1969 and 1971.
38 years later, ‘Ittefaq’ marks the debut of B.R Chopra’s grandson Abhay as a director. The trailer of the remake, featuring Sonakshi Sinha, Siddharth Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna, is out and one realizes though the basic premise is the same, Abhay, along with co-writers Shreyas Jain and Nikhil Mehrotra, has made enough changes in the script for one to differentiate it from the original. The original was about two murders, the same is the case with the original. But, while the original revolved around two characters, this one has Akshaye Khanna in the pivotal role of a cop along with a bunch of other characters. Even though ‘Ittefaq’ arrived 38 years earlier, there are several people who have discovered or re-discovered the film on DVD or the internet. The trailer is impressive and one just hopes the film has some original twists and turns which would take one by surprise while watching the film.