It has been five years since Shoojit Sircar finished shooting his film, Shoebite, but the movie hasn’t seen the light of day yet. The director is upset with the production house Disney-UTV, for failing to release his film which stars Amitabh Bachchan. “I feel it’s an insult and disregard to creative people. You can’t disrespect an artiste like Mr Bachchan, who worked for two years on the film. Nothing has happened till now,” says the filmmaker.
Reportedly, an issue arose as the script is based on an idea conceived by Hollywood director Manoj Night Shyamalan, who is making the same film with a major Hollywood studio. Shoojit explains, “The American studio had given us the green signal, so we made the film. Till now, they haven’t made it, so they have to sort it out.”
The filmmaker believes that the two studios could easily have discussions to fix the issue. “They have to work something out among themselves. If they speak to Shyamalan, things can be sorted out,” he says. Shoebite is the story of a man in his early 60s. “Mr Bachchan is a legend. I don’t know why they (the studios) aren’t taking the initiative even when he’s starring in it,” says Shoojit, whose latest release, Madras Cafe, has won acclaim. He adds, “I’m still disappointed and hurt. They haven’t done anything."
Ask him if there’s a way for him to release the film and he says, “My job was to direct the film. Now they have the project, so they have to do whatever has to be done.”
Despite repeated attempts to contact producers Disney-UTV, they remained unavailable for a comment.