Here is more title trouble. Anees Bazmi, director of No Entry fame, is set to direct No Problem for Anil Kapoor Productions. But will UTV, which owns the title, be willing to part with it?
"That's right. The title No Problem is with UTV. I was supposed to make another comedy with that title for UTV with Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar and Riteish Deshmukh. That didn't happen. I'm committed to make another comedy with Akshay Kumar for UTV. But the title No Problem suits Anil Kapoor's film. I hope UTV will part with it," Bazmi told IANS.
Earlier, producer-director Kunal Kohli and actor-producer Saahil Chadha were at loggerheads over the title of their films Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Thoda Life Thodi Magic respectively.
Music company Venus' upcoming movie, Kushti, in which WWE wrestling champion Khali figures, is also embroiled in a battle with producer Anoop Srivastava over the title.
Bazmi is known for his comedies. Recently, he directed two hit comedies - Singh Is Kinng and Welcome.
Explaining his single-minded focus on directing comedies, Bazmi said: "It's the need of the times. Who wants to go to a movie theatre and be lost in gloom for three hours? The times are awful. People need diversion from their everyday worries. Even my next film with Salman Khan for T-Series will be a comedy.
"No Problem will be an out and out comedy with Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna and Anil Kapoor. I've worked with the other two, but Sanjay will be a first time."
As a writer-turned-director, Bazmi has many compulsions.
"I can't direct comedies with double meanings, which are so much in vogue. So I've to write my own comedies to make sure there's no vulgarity. I've written 51 films so far. Writing the film I direct slows down the process. But No Entry must be made because it's a brand name. Look at Golmaal," he said.
Bazmi claims he hasn't seen Golmaal or its sequel.
"But Ajay Devgan is a dear friend. And I'm very proud of Rohit Shetty who was my assistant... just like I once assisted Raj Kapoor saab. That's when I met Boney, Anil and Sanjay. And I'm happy to have directed films for all three brothers as producers (Bazmi's It's My Life with Harman Baweja is being produced by Sanjay Kapoor)."
Getting nostalgic, Bazmi said: "During those good old days Chimpu (Rajiv) Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor used to act in the short films I used to photograph."