‘Mr India’ controversy: Shekhar Kapur says, ‘Anil Kapoor was equally disturbed that he didn’t know about Ali Abbas Zafar’s trilogy’
Post Ali Abbas Zafar announced ‘Mr India’ trilogy, Shekhar Kapur, the director of the previous ‘Mr India’ film blasted the makers of the trilogy on social media saying no one asked and mentioned to him about the film. In an interview with Mid-Day, Shekhar said that he is in touch with lawyers all over the world to tackle the issue.
He said, “Where is the director’s ownership on the material he has created? It (the reboot) is based on what I have created. 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.”
Kapur said that when he questioned Boney Kapoor (producer of Mr India) he said nothing is set in stone. “Anil was equally disturbed that he didn’t know about it. It’s time to have a serious legal discussion here to reinterpret the copyright act so that it accords authorship of a film to the principal director. This is not directed at Boney, or the current director, or Zee Studios. It is directed at the act itself,” said Shekhar Kapur.
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