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Shirish refuses to part to with title, Vikram Bhatt forced to use Creature

Kunder owns the rights to a film title that Vikram Bhatt wanted for his next, and refused to part with it when the latter requested for it'

bollywood Updated: Jul 29, 2014 15:38 IST
Anirban Das
Anirban Das
Hindustan Times
Shirish Kunder,Vikram Bhatt,Bipasha Basu

As far as film titles go, the occasional give and take seems to be part of the Bollywood film-making process. While some directors oblige by lending these titles to their contemporaries, looks like director Shirish Kunder was in no mood to do so when Vikram Bhatt made a similar request.

Vikram had initially planned to call his upcoming movie starring Bipasha Basu, Animal, which he thought was an apt title. "When I wrote the script, I thought the name fit it really well. Also, it wouldn’t have given people the impression that it’s a horror film, which is of utmost importance. Then I found out that Shirish owns the title. So, I approached his wife, Farah Khan, with whom I share a great rapport," says Vikram.

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But Kunder, who’s also apparently working on a film by the same name, refused to part with the title. "I really wanted it for my film, but I understand that Shirish, too, is working on his movie, and that’s the reason he could not help me. I am not upset with him," adds Vikram.

The film-maker also reveals that it was his daughter, Krishna, who eventually helped him find a new title. “I could not think of the obvious. But Krishna helped me find the current title, and I am very happy with it. I realise now that nothing could have been more fitting than this one,” he says.

First Published: Jul 29, 2014 14:51 IST