And just as I expected, Shekhar Kapur has nothing to do with the Mr. India trilogy, that Ali Abbas Zafar is directing for ZEE Studios. Abbas made the announcement yesterday. Shekhar Kapur took to Twitter today to say that he’s surprised with the announcement. He added that he has nothing to do with the movie. His tweet is pretty caustic and informative. He revealed that nobody can make a movie with the characters and the storyline without permission. He candidly said that anyone making a Mr India movie without permission will be making it only for a big weekend.
As far as I know, the title of a movie remains with the original creator for a certain period of time. After a decade or so, anyone is free to make a movie with the title, provided nobody else has registered the title. That’s the reason we have a movie with the title Barsaat in 1949, and then in 1995 and later on in 2005. Interestingly, even Mr. India is not an original title. G P Sippy made a Mr. India back in the sixties.
Watch Kaate Nahi Katate From Mr. India:
Boney Kapoor produced the 1987 Mr. India. Narshima Enterprises has the distribution rights. I have earlier reported that Kapoor was very interested in making a Mr. India sequel. This could just be a tiny glitch. Ali might have got over-excited and announced the project before the paperwork was in place.
Shekar Kapur’s tweet makes it clear that this Mr. India trilogy has nothing to do with the original Anil Kapoor and Amrish Puri classic. So, it will be interesting to see what this Bollywood movie is about. Rumors of Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar collaborating for a movie percolated with this announcement. That recipe concocted another rumor that Katrina Kaif will be playing a role in Mr. India.