BY ANUJ RADIA
For quite some time now, there were several speculations about a sequel to Mr India being made. However, it has been revealed that this will no longer happen.
In fact, it is learnt that the Kapoor brothers Boney and Anil who had produced and starred in the original 1987 film, respectively, have taken a collective decision to shelve the idea.
A leading online Bollywood portal referenced a source close to the development. The source revealed:
“It makes no sense to have a sequel without Sridevi. It’s like Mother India without Nargis, Or Agra without the Taj Mahal. Mr India is so closely associated with three main actors Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri and Sridevi. With two of them gone it would be impossible to recreate the magic of the original. Boney and Anil have decided to call off the sequel plans.”
Confirming his own withdrawal from the project Shekhar Kapur who directed Mr India to eternal fame in 1987 says, “I don’t know what is happening with that project or what Boney’s plans are. I was never going to direct the sequel. Now with Sridevi no more, the question doesn’t arise.”
India’s first female superstar – Sridevi – passed away in February of this year due to ‘accidental drowning’, whilst she was in Dubai, attending her nephew, Mohit Marwah’s wedding. She is dearly missed in Indian cinema today.