The news of re-imagining of the 1987 classic Mr India, that initially starred Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in the lead, did not go down well with fans who instantly declared the upcoming trilogy by director Ali Abbas Zafar and Zee Studios a “big flop”. Taking to the micro-blogging site, Twitterati called out the original makers Shekhar Kapur and Booney Kapoor to help avert the remake. Also Read - Tandav Row: Amazon Prime Video Apologises Unconditionally For Its Show, Says ‘Already Removed Scenes’

Answering fans desperate calls, Shekhar elaborated that he had no idea of it in the first place. A user asserted, “It is completely a bad idea…. This film should not remade for its cult classic status. No one ever can match #Sridevi ji ‘s powerhouse performance and screen presence and #Amrish ji’s stealer act. It will fail vary badly. @shekharkapur Sir plz kuch karo. @BoneyKapoor Sir plzz. (sic).” Retweeting it, Shekhar penning his annoyance and wrote, “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. (sic).” Also Read - Tandav Star Gauahar Khan Reacts to Supreme Court's Order of Providing 'no Protection' to Actors Against Arrest

The 1987 cult classic will reportedly be set in the contemporary superhero world. While rumours of Shah Rukh Khan or Ranveer Singh leading the film float across the grapevine, Ali told PTI, “It is a huge responsibility to carry forward an iconic character that has been loved by Indians for so many years. I have just commenced working on the script, no actor has been locked till now, once the first draft of the script is ready, we will begin the casting process. The film involves massive amounts of pre-production and will go on floor early next year.”

The original film was helmed by Shekhar Kapur featuring Anil Kapoor in the titular role opposite Sridevi while Amrish Puri played the antagonist. Zee Studios CEO Shariq Patel spilled the beans on the upcoming film which will be written and directed by Ali. he told PTI, “We are excited to have Ali on board for Mr. India. This is not a ‘part 2’ or a remake of the older film as recently reported in some sections of the media, but a re-imagining of the iconic classic.”