I am not much into watching Hindi films lately - work and family seem to have squeezed out the time for them. However I was noting a trend - the success of Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munnabhai makes me notice a common, underlying trend in these films. Most filmmakers consider Gandhism and Nationalist sentiment as "passe" among today's youth. The success of these films underscores the point that Indian youth still appreciates well presented nationalist and Gandhian themes. Its just that our filmmakers were not able to present them in a manner that was palatable to the masses, unless these films came along.
Makes me wonder - are Don and Sholay remakes the correct way forward? When the audience is inclined to watch films with old, traditional values, why bombard them with remakes of classics? Both these remakes are targeted to the youth, the under 25 generation. It will be interesting to see how they fare, though if you ask me, I would not be betting on them.