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Amar, Akbar and Tony

A re-make but not as you know it!

Posted: 13.05.13

For years we’ve been waiting for Salman Khan to remake the classic Bollywood movie Amar, Akbar, Anthony with his brothers, as he’s talked about on several occasions but it looks like his been beaten to it by a new Brit comedy rendition of the hit film…with a slightly different twist.

Amar, Akbar & Tony is the debut feature film by Atul Malhotra and is a romantic coming of age comedy set in present day London with a node to the title of the 1970s blockbuster starring Amitabh Bachchan, centering on the ‘brotherhood’ of three friends . Filming is currently underway with the movie expected to hit screens at the end of the year.

The cast line-up includes Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti and Martin Delaney who play the three main protagonists – Amar, Akbar and Tony. All three artists have previously appeared in award-winning productions: Kempton in the 2009 film Life Goes On and Spooks, Vincenti in Waking the Dead and Delaney in Katherine Bigelow’s Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty.

The film also stars the multi-talented actress and singer-songwriter Karen David - famous for her starring roles in the hit BBC drama Waterloo Road and the Hollywood blockbuster, The Scorpion King 2-Rise of a Warrior. Karen plays Meera, an attractive young woman who arrives from India as a new bride. On the surface things seem fine but her marriage is far from happy and despite the odds, Meera struggles on, resulting in a surprising turn of events.

Karen, who will be getting married in between filming says: "I found the script so endearing and really appreciated the fresh depiction of South Asians. Meera's character is so different from anything I've played, and it will be a wonderful challenge to play her. There are a lot of complex layers in her character. She is mysterious at first, and a lot is going on behind those 'I found the script so endearing and really appreciated the fresh depiction of South Asians. Meera's character is so different from anything I've played, and it will be a wonderful challenge to play her. There are a lot of complex layers in her character. She is mysterious at first, and a lot is going on behind those eyes that you don't find out until later on in the story. The characters, and the story lines, are definitely going to get people talking!'

Joining her is Asiana favourite Goldy Notay who is best known for starring in It’s A Wonderful Afterlife and Sex And The City 2. Goldy plays plays Sonia, Amar’s flirtatious and wayward sister.

But that’s not all, look out too for cameos by Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Ace Bhatti (The charismatic Dr. Khan from EastEnders) and Nina Wadia (EastEnders, Doctor Who), Amrita Acharia who has most recently been seen in the epic fantasy drama Game Of Thrones and Shide Boss, the British Asian singer / songwriter who turned professional after winning Channel 4’s Hollyoaks Unsigned Music Show.

The film is currently being shot in Southall, home of a thriving Asian community, an important element for Atul. Describing his vision for the film he said; ‘I want to to portray the self-assuredness and determination of the multicultural youth of today. There have been so many portrayals of Asian people wanting to escape from their cultural heritage, but I wanted to explore the contrasting angle. The film will embrace the vibrancy and distinctiveness of this influential culture and will wear its Asian heart proudly on its sleeve. My film is a celebration of the bonds that tie us together through friendship, love, loss and ultimately redemption.’ 

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