It’s official. Shekhar Kapur’s Mr India (1987) that had Anil Kapoor and Sridevi in the lead roles, is going 3D. The conversion will bring back to life scriptwriters Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar’s last work together.
A surprised Boney Kapoor is reluctant to comment, but reveals, “I was going to announce it at least six months later. We start the conversion process only in May, after the work on Spider-Man 4 is complete. The film will be ready for re-release in 2014, before the sequel of Mr India is out.”
The news of Mr India’s conversion comes close on the heels of James Cameron’s Titanic (1997), which was re-released in 3D recently. The film about the maiden voyage of a doomed ship and its passengers hit theatres on April 10 and has grossed Rs 18 crore so far.
According to Boney, Sahara Motion Pictures is involved in the 3D conversion of his science fiction film as part of a joint venture between Sahara Jeon Studio and GR8 studio, which is based in Vancouver. As part of this arrangement, the company is also working on the conversion of Spider-Man 4 and the Nicolas Cage starrer Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011). However, a source close to the production house says, “Yunus Bukhari of Art.ery animation & fx is already working on the initial conversion. Previously, his firm worked on films like Toonpur Ka Super Hero (2010), Devdas (2002) and Koi… Mil Gaya (2003). But he will not talk since he is under contract.”
Ask Boney why he decided to re-do the film, and he says, “Mr India was ahead of its time. Some of the sequences aren’t easy to attempt even today. The invisible man, Hanuman punching the villain, Mr India whipping a hunter and the late Amrish Puri as the legendary Mogambo are some things that will look excellent in 3D. Then there are songs like
Kaante nahi kat te
… that are popular even today.”
But will Mr India also see the unprecedented success that the re-released Titanic saw?
Some youngsters already sound hooked. Gaurang Chariyo, 20, says he “would go with his entire gang of friends to see it” while 18-year-old Ojas Sharma says, “It would be so much fun to see Mogambo in 3D. Eagerly waiting for it! When will it come out?”
Mr India sequel to be ready by 2014
The sequel of Mr India will be produced in 3D with a budget of approximately Rs 150 crore. Three screenwriters are working on the script. International technicians will be used for special effects and AR Rahman has been roped in to compose the film’s music. While Boney’s son Arjun will be part of the sequel, the film will also bring back the hit pair of Anil Kapoor and Sridevi.
Salman Khan is slated to play the villain. Boney Kapoor and Sahara Motion Pictures will produce the film together.