With just one day left for the Indian release of Tees Maar Khan, Farah Khan and the co-producers of UTV have acknowledged that they have officially purchased the remake rights of Vittorio De Sica’s film After The Fox.
Italian neo-realist De Sica, best known for his classic, Bicycle Thieves, made ‘After The Fox’ or Caccia Alla Volpe, in 1966 with Peter Sellers. The film is about a criminal mastermind who escapes from prison for his sister. He then hatches a plan to assemble an entire movie company to smuggle gold into the country. For this he includes an aging star and even convinces an entire village that he has chosen their village as the set for his film.
“The plot of the film (of pretending to shoot a film to get away with a robbery) is the same as ‘After The Fox’, which is very funny,” says Khan. “But for some reason, the film didn’t do well at that point…And we’ve changed everything else. Akshay isn’t a master of disguise, the girl isn’t his sister, we’re on a moving train, and the villains have been changed. Everything’s made bigger and brighter, and more relevant to today’s scenario. And I haven’t tried even once to make Akshay act like Peter Sellers,” she added.
De Sica even poked fun at his contemporaries in the film giving Farah an added advantage. “I’m always torn apart by critics for my stories, and this time I can say the joke’s on them and the story is by Neil Simon,” laughs Farah, two days ahead of Tees Maar Khan’s release.