Shekhar Kapoor Not Happy with the New Mr India Proposal?
Shekhar Kapoor questions the proposal to extend Mr India into a franchise
Many fans of Shekhar Kapoor’s iconic 1987 film, Mr India were appalled when Zee Studios and director Ali Abbas Zafar announced their plans on Tuesday to carry the film’s characters further into a new venture. The idea of doing another Mr India is unthinkable. Except to these gold diggers who would stop at nothing to make some extra bucks. And now Shekhar Kapoor has tweeted against the idea. Shekhar says, “No one has even sked me or mentioned to me about this film called Mr India 2. I can only guess that they are using the title to get a big weekend. For they cannot use the characters/story without permission from the original creators of the film.”
In an interview on Mr India some years ago, Shekhar had said, "If I did a sequel, I’d disappoint myself and my fans if I repeated myself. What I can do is use the same characters to tell a different story. If I repeat myself, it would erode my fan base. If a sequel is made, I’d nurture and watch it. But I won’t make it. Boney Kapoor is doing a 3D version. That’s a really cool idea. I’ve been telling him to do a 3D version of Mr India for years. The way we shot it the narrative lends itself perfectly to the 3D format. I’d like to do another film like Mr India. In India we need a bit of sunshine in our entertainment. Our films are screaming themselves hoarse trying to be funny. You know what I mean?"
Boney Kapoor eventually dropped plans of a 3D version of Mr India. So the question is, whom have Zee Studios and director Ali Abbas Zafar asked before embarking on this outrageous journey on a perilous path to renew an inviolable classic? Have they no shame? Apparently, producer Boney Kapoor has given his blessing to the project. We can now get ready for some legal fireworks between Mr India director Shekhar Kapoor and Zee Studios.