Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar were reportedly keen to remake the cult classic ‘Heer Ranjha’ but it seems their request has been denied.

A source told DNA India, “Zoya wants to remake Heer Ranjha and modernise it. She, along with brother Farhan, showed a keen interest in making the film again.”

The source added, “Heer Ranjha is possibly the only film in verse made till date. The dialogues were nothing but poetry. It was written by Kaifi Azmi, their step-mother Shabana Azmi’s father. They wanted to make it as a tribute to the legendary poet.”

However, their request has been rejected by the rights holder, “The rights to the 1970 classic were with Chetan Anand and after his death, it’s now with his son Ketan Anand, who doesn’t want to part with the rights.”

Ketan said, “They didn’t request me personally. But people from Excel Entertainment, their company, got in touch with me. They approached me about five months ago. There was no personal communication with Farhan, Zoya, or Javed Akhtar. I turned them down right away.”

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