The news of a classic and one of the most favourite films of all time, Mr India, being recreated in a ‘trilogy’ by Ali Abbas Zafar was greeted with a mixed response. While a section of the netizens expressed delight, many were apprehensive if the same magic could be recreated. People connected to the iconic film, director Shekhar Kapur and Sonam K Ahuja, daughter of the lead actor Anil Kapoor, were forthright in expressing their displeasure.
Kapur was clueless about such a film being made, and shared how the new makers could only use it for a ‘big weekend’ and not the characters without the permission of the makers.
No one has even asked me or mentioned to me about this film called Mr India 2. I can only guess that they using the title to get a big weekend. For they cannot use the characters/story without permission from the original creators of the film. https://t.co/Set5eDH63j— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 18, 2020
Sonam had termed it as ‘disrespectful and ‘underhanded’ because no had consulted her father or Shekhar Kapur. The actor had written how it was sentimental to Kapoor Sr and a part of his legacy.
Amid the row, as Shekhar Kapur lamented the lack of creative rights despite working with writers, actors and editors, a suggestion from Hum Tum director Kunal Kohli was to fight legally for directors’ rights. The former too got encouraged and stated that he was ready to test this legally.
Yes. It’s time to test this legally .. let’s do it .. https://t.co/b0GXWYWvks— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 22, 2020
Reacting to Kapur’s statement, a fan came up with a suggestion that he should open a bank account for the legal expenses. Stating that he’d pay Rs 1100, the netizen felt people would deposit crores to ‘save the iconic film’ and honour his ‘creativity and honesty.’ Another was ready to pitch in Rs 2100, stating that Kapur was not ‘merely a filmmaker’ but one who inspired him with his posts and for creating the world ‘beautifully.’
The Masoom director was ‘moved’ by the love for the Sridevi-Anil Kapoor starrer. He, however, said that lot of top legal minds, who were fans of the movie, had already offered to help him.
Thank you @jeetudhingra 🙏 I am so moved by your love for #MrIndia . I have had many top legal minds all over the world, who are fans of the film, offering to come fight this, so from the bottom of my heart. Thank you https://t.co/4OILkt8hKR— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 24, 2020
Thank you 🙏 it’s because of the love of people like you, that I am.— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 24, 2020
It was also Sridevi’s death anniversary on Monday and an interview of hers also went viral on the day. The legend` had stated that she was not in favour of a remake of Mr India. The director said it was the ‘final word’ on Mr India remake.
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