It was meant to be a harmless and naughty pun on a dog, but things seem to have gone astray for the Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum makers. The dog’s name in Ekta Kapoor’s film happens to be Fakhruddin. However, this is also the name of India’s fifth President — Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. As a result, the ex-President’s family and a Muslim trust have objected to this ‘dishonour.’
“It’s highly objectionable. Such things dishonour our former President. I am consulting his son, Dr Parvesh Ahmed, to finalise how to take up the case in a big way. Our entire family is really unhappy,” says Imtiyaz Rasul, the former President’s nephew, who lives in Assam.
The makers, though, are surprised by the uproar and demand to change the name of the dog or remove the parts of the film mentioning it. “The request is unbelievably bizarre. It’s a proper noun. Anyway, we will see what we can do about it,” says Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, the film’s producers.
After Censors chopped three scenes from the theatrical trailer of Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Ekta Kapoor went ahead with the online launch of the second A-rated trailer of the film.
Dr Aleem of Delhi-based Muslim Ekta Trust has threatened legal action against the filmmakers, saying, “Such things are bound to hurt religious sentiments. Fakhruddin means ‘pride of the faith.’ But they have called a dog Fakhruddin. Dogs are prohibited in our religion.
If it releases, we’ll file a case against the makers in Delhi High Court. We won’t let the film release with such a thing.”
Insiders from the unit, meanwhile, are surprised. “It’s just a name. This way, we won’t be able to use any name in the future,” says a unit member. Apparently, no change to the dog’s name has been made yet. “The re-editing will cost a lot of money. Once we send the film for censor certification, we will make changes if required,” says the insider.