Last year, rumours of a Mr India remake was rife and fans had been waiting for the makers to confirm the film going on floors. However, Sridevi‘s tragic death earlier this years seems to have forced the makers to shelve the project for good. The legendary actress succumbed to accidental drowning in the bathtub of her hotel room in Dubai, on February 25th this year. And now, producer of the film, Boney Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, the lead actor, have now reportedly decided to put the film on the back burner.
Bollywood Hungama has quoted a source close to the development as saying that the makers feel no sense in re-making the film without Sridevi. “It’s like Mother India without Nargis, Or Agra without the Taj Mahal. Mr India is so closely associated with three main actors Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Sridevi. With two of them gone it would be impossible to recreate the magic of the original. Boney and Anil have decided to call off the sequel plans,” the source said.
Even, Shekhar Kapur, who directed the hit film back in 1987, told the entertainment portal that he has no idea of what’s happening with the project but that with Sridevi’s sudden demise, there’s hardly any chance of going ahead with the sequel. “I don’t know what is happening with that project or what Boney’s plans are. I was never going to direct the sequel. Now with Sridevi no more, the question doesn’t arise,” the portal quoted Kapur as saying.
Previously, several reports suggested that the makers of the film were planning a sequel that would be co-produced by Boney Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. After Sridevi’s comeback post 15 years of sabbatical, Boney Kapoor had shared that the script was underway. Now with the actress’ sudden demise, it’s final that Mr India may never see the light of the day.