The confusion around the remaking of Mr. India by Ali Abbas Zafar is increasing day-by-day. The Shekhar Kapur directorial 1987 cult classic that originally starred Anil Kapoor and Sridevi in the lead is getting remade in a trilogy form. The latest update on the same is that Shekhar had a word with Mid Day reporter and in an interview, he said, “Where is the director’s ownership on the material he has created? It (the reboot) is based on what I have created. Now, I am in touch with lawyers all over the world to (tackle) the issue. It’s about creating a new understanding of creative authorship of the principal director of a film. The model is (followed) in many nations of the world, including Australia, and the US. As the director, I am the prime author of the movie. I must have rights to the future remake of the film created by me. This calls for a change in the constitutional copyright laws. This is not about Mr India anymore.” Also Read - Ram Kapoor's Father Anil Kapoor Dies After Battling Cancer, Actor Pens Emotional Note
Talking about the producer of Mr. India – Boney Kapoor’s role in the new films based on Mr India, Shekhar Kapur added, “When I questioned him, he (Boney) said nothing is set in stone. Anil was equally disturbed that he didn’t know about it. It’s time to have a serious legal discussion here to reinterpret the copyright act so that it accords authorship of a film to the principal director. This is not directed at Boney, or the current director, or Zee Studios. It is directed at the act itself.” Also Read - Anil Kapoor Gifts His Wife Sunita Kapoor Swanky Black Mercedes-Benz GLS Worth Rs 1 Crore | See Pics
Taking to twitter Shekhar wrote, “The argument on a remake of #MrIndia is not that no one took permission from me or even bothered to tell me. The question is. If you are remaking a feature film, based on a director’s very successful work, does the Director have no creative rights over what he/she created?” Also Read - Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor Doing A Remix Of Anil Kapoor's Film & More
The controversy began Ali Abbas Zafar announced that he is slated to helm a trilogy based on the iconic character of Mr. India immortalised by veteran actor Anil Kapoor. As the director of the original film, Shekhar Kapur claimed his creative rights over the film and posted his concern through social media. This later turned into a controversy as the industry stood divided in their opinions regarding the remake of this film.