Boney Kapoor confirms that Sri Devi's 'Mr India' is getting a reboot
The filmmaker expressed that after the death of wife and superstar Sridevi, he has more reason to do so. The 1987 cult classic starred Sridevi opposite Boney’s brother Anil Kapoor in lead roles and featured late Amrish Puri as the iconic villain, Mogambo.
Boney Kapoor confirmed the news to Mid-Day. "The idea is to create a reboot first, and then, make a franchise of it. It needs to be made more contemporary. We have a basic structure in mind. We haven't decided on a timeline yet, but intend to make it soon."
The reboot was proposed much earlier but after Sridevi's sudden death in 2018, Boney and the film's lead actor Anil Kapoor aborted the plan.
He also highlighted how Mr India bought a change in people’s perception of Sridevi. “While Sri was considered a glamorous star earlier, the audience’s perception of her changed after Mr India. From then on, she was seen as a powerful actress. Anil, too, became more legitimate as a performer with the film. After Sri, I have even more reason to remake the film now.”
Though the casting line-up hasn't yet been decided, Boney added, "If Shekhar Kapur (director of the film) is free, he can direct it. The cast and crew made the film what it was, and if anyone from the original line-up wants to be part of it, they can join us again."
"Amrish Puri as Mogambo was a masterstroke; he brought the character alive. While Sri was considered a glamorous star earlier, the audience's perception of her changed after Mr India — then on, she was seen as a powerful actress. Anil too became more legitimate a performer with the film."
Details of the project are yet to be revealed.
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