The news of remaking the 1987 classic Mr India, that initially starred Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in the lead, did not go down well with actors and director of the film. After Sonam Kapoor, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who is known for helming the iconic film Mr India, has expressed his disappointment over the news of a remake of the movie by director Ali Abbas Zafar. Shekhar also hinted that he may take legal action against the makers of the remake. Also Read - Sonam Kapoor And Husband Anand Ahuja Move Out of India Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Reach London
Director Kunal Kohli on Saturday took to Twitter and wrote: “Javed Akhtar won a hard-fought battle for the rights of lyricists and writers. Its time we did the same?” Responding to Kohli’s tweet, Shekhar tweeted: “Yes. It’s time to test this legally… Let’s do it.” Also Read - Shubham Mishra Arrest: From Swara Bhaskar to Pooja Bhatt, Celebrities Laud Vadodara Police Action Against YouTuber
Not only this, Shekhar on Sunday took to social media and posted late actor Amrish Puri’s still from “Mr India“, in which Puri played the popular villain Mogambo. Reacting on how Mogambo would have reacted to the news of the film’s remake if he was alive, Shekhar tweeted: “Kya Kaha? Mr India 2 ? Is duniya mein koi aur Mogambo bhi hai?”
Shekhar also found it disrespectful for the new makers for not giving him the creative rights for the remake. “We sit with writers from day one but are not the writers. Help actors hone performances but are not actors. Develop and create a visual language of film. Slave hours over editing consoles. Directors lead and inspire every aspect of a film and have no creative rights? #MrIndia,” Shekhar added.
This all started when Ali Abbas Zafar had announced the remake of the iconic Hindi film. Zafar had tweeted: “Excited to partner with @ZeeStudios_ for an epic trilogy #MrIndia! It is a huge responsibility to carry forward an iconic character loved by everyone. Currently, working on the script, no actor has been locked till now. Once we lock the first draft of the script, casting begins!”
Two days ago, Sonam Kapoor had expressed her shock and resentment. “A lot of people have been asking me about the MR. India remake. Honestly, my father didn’t even know the film was being remade, we found out about it through social media when @aliabbaszafar tweeted. It’s quite disrespectful and underhanded if it is true since no one bothered to consult my father or Shekhar uncle”, Sonam shared.