The reboot of the iconic 1987 release, Mr. India has ruffled many feathers. After Sonam Kapoor voicing out her dismay, it is now the director of the film, Sherkhar Kapoor, who has expressed his shock on not being consulted for the project. Ever since the announcement was made on social media, there has been a lot of discussion about why the creators were not informed before taking up a project which is a cult classic now. Even though Sonam Kapoor later clarified that her father Anil Kapoor did have a word with Boney Kapoor, Shekhar Kapur is upset that no one even bothered to consult him before announcing the project.
Speaking on this subject, Shekhar Kapur told a daily, “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 the 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.”
The director is well aware that in India producers own the rights of the film, he added, “The poster reads Surinder Kapoor’s Mr. India produced by Boney Kapoor. His father was the original producer.”
The director further reveled that he had reached out to Boney Kapoor when the reboot was announced. “[When I questioned him], he said nothing is set in stone. Anil was equally disturbed that he didn’t know about it,” Kapur said.
Well, only time will tell how this story unfolds.