The premature demise of Sushant Singh Rajput has shocked every body. Nonetheless, the narrative has taken a harmful flip as the massive unhealthy world of Bollywood is being blamed for making him take the drastic step of ending his life. One of many narratives which have unfold broadly is that how considered one of his most bold movies, Paani, was shelved. It was to be directed by Shekhar Kapur and was purported to be a VFX-heavy dystopia, coping with water shortage. Sushant, on this movie, was to play a person named Gora, from the Decrease Metropolis, the a part of a metropolis inhabited by the poor and who received restricted water provide. Perfectionist that he was, Sushant Singh Rajput gave his life to the prep. Sadly, the movie, which was to be produced by Yash Raj Movies (YRF), received shelved. There have been artistic variations between Shekhar Kapur and Aditya Chopra, who heads YRF. Shekhar, in a latest on-line interplay with Manoj Bajpayee, revealed that Sushant wept when he learnt that the movie is getting scrapped, including that even he cried with the actor.
This episode was picked by the brigade that believes that the excessive honchos and studios took away the alternatives from Sushant and drove him to suicide. Nonetheless, what they’ve been fed in the previous few days is barely part of the story. The actual fact is that Shekhar Kapur is a ‘serial movie ditcher’. Within the final 20-30 years, he has shelved many movies or left after beginning work on them. On this Bollywood Hungama particular characteristic, we will check out many such initiatives.
Earlier than we transfer forward and for individuals who should not conscious, Shekhar Kapur, however his ditching nature, remains to be one of the crucial reputed and gifted administrators of India as he has some made some extremely memorable movies. He began off by helming the very touching 1983 flick Masoom, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. This was adopted by the bold 1987 film, Mr India, starring Anil Kapoor and Sridevi. He then once more switched genres and made the gritty and practical Bandit Queen in 1994. He then went to Hollywood and made Three movies – Elizabeth, The 4 Feathers and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He directed a brief within the anthology movie New York, I Love You. Lastly, in 2017, he directed Four episodes out of 10 in an American TV sequence named Will.
In between, nevertheless, he left a number of initiatives mid-way that are as follows:
1. Time Machine:
That is fairly recognized and an on-the-sets video is already out. It was to star Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha.
2. Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja:
It starred the Mr India workforce – actors Anil Kapoor and Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor. Shekhar Kapur, who made Mr India, was additionally roped in as director however he left as he felt that the movie lacked soul.
This 1989 actioner starred Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Meenakshi Sheshadri. It’s stated that the majority components of the movie have been directed by Shekhar Kapur. However later, he had a problem with its producer Sibte Hassan Rizvi. Shekhar then gave an advert within the commerce papers that he’s not related to the undertaking. Sibte Hassan Rizvi then accomplished the film and in addition took the director’s credit score.
This was the launch pad of Bobby Deol and Twinkle Khanna and Shekhar Kapur had began the movie. Bobby in an interview final 12 months revealed that Shekhar opted out of this undertaking to make Bandit Queen. And that’s when Rajkumar Santoshi got here in to direct.
Ajay Devgn was an assistant director on this flick when Shekhar Kapur was on board. Whereas some reviews say that the movie was half-way executed with taking pictures when Shekhar left, different reviews declare that the director accomplished nearly 95% of the movie. It was later accomplished by Bunty Soorma and launched a few years later, in 1995. It starred Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala and Deepti Naval.
This was Sanjay Kapoor’s debut flick and in addition starred Madhuri Dixit. It’s a lot remembered right this moment for its evergreen monitor, ‘Akhiyaan Milaoon Kabhi’. Sanjay Kapoor in an interview revealed, “Shekhar Kapur was initially purported to direct Prem. However the issue with Shekhar is that he’s a really lazy man, which is why he has made such few movies over 30 years. He by no means wished to start out it and that led to my frustration.”
Shekhar Kapur insisted Tabu to work on this movie and persuaded her to not go overseas for greater research. Whereas Tabu got here on board, she stated that “Shekhar uncle then ran away from the undertaking”. This movie, too, starred Sanjay Kapoor and was then helmed by Satish Kaushik.
8. Ta Ra Rum Pum:
Throughout the 20th anniversary of Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai in January 2020, Rakesh Roshan revealed that Hrithik had initially bagged Shekhar Kapur’s movie named Ta Ra Rum Pum, and that it was to additionally star Preity Zinta. However the undertaking by no means took off.
9. Larklight trilogy:
Even in Hollywood, Shekhar Kapur has used his modus operandi. He was roped in by Warner Bros for a $200 million adaptation of the primary ebook within the Larklight trilogy.
10. Basis trilogy:
Shekhar Kapur equally additionally had began work on an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Basis Trilogy, however the undertaking was finally shelved.
Shekhar Kapur was to helm a characteristic movie on the lifetime of Gautam Buddha, titled Buddha. The plan was dropped afterward.
Shekhar Kapur was additionally to work on a sequence on the lifetime of Egyptian queen Cleopatra. As anticipated, it was shelved.
There is likely to be many extra movies. As one can see, asserting initiatives, beginning work after which abandoning is one thing that Shekhar Kapur has executed a number of instances. Paani, sadly, was no exception. As we speak, the narrative fed to gullible individuals is that YRF stopped this movie from making. That’s removed from fact as administrators typically change studios after they face hassle and guarantee their undertaking sees the sunshine of the day. Sushant Singh Rajput’s 2018 profitable flick Kedarnath too confronted tough climate when Prernaa Arora was on board as producer. That didn’t imply that director-producer Abhishek Kapoor deserted his labour of affection. He collaborated with Ronnie Screwvala and accomplished the movie.
Apparently, Shekhar Kapur gave interviews the place he stated he nonetheless has plans to make Paani. “It’s true I’m not doing the movie with Adi (Aditya Chopra). However that doesn’t imply I gained’t be doing this movie. I’ve lived with the undertaking for a few years now,” he stated in a DNA interview in June 2016. In November 2015, he additionally revealed that he plans to take Paani to worldwide studios as “Indian producers do not feel strongly in regards to the subject of water shortage”.
Nevertheless it’s no shock that it by no means took off, taking a look at his monitor document. He nonetheless made individuals consider that he’s making it. Final 12 months, when Chennai confronted acute water disaster, he claimed he’s restarting work on the movie. He stated in a Mid-Day interview, “Lately, upon seeing [the water crisis] in Chennai, those that have been to spend money on Paani got here again to me and stated, ‘Let’s make the movie now’. What is occurring in Chennai right this moment is tragic. So, it’s not simply the proper time, but in addition crucial that the film be made.” He additionally claimed it’ll be a two-part movie, “like Baahubali”, and that it’ll be known as Vote Do, Paani Lo. It’s been a 12 months and there was no replace on this enterprise.
Furthermore, in 2017, he claimed to make a movie known as Little Dragon, a global movie on Bruce Lee’s early days. As per reviews, it’ll be backed by Chinese language traders and can be co-scripted and produced by Lee’s daughter, Shannon, who runs Bruce Lee Leisure. It’s believed to be one more a lot of his initiatives that by no means took off.
Fortunately, there was one exception. In 2017, he introduced that he’s doing a musical known as Matterhorn and consider it or not, it did see the sunshine of the day, in February 2018.
Nonetheless, the very fact stays that Shekhar Kapur has deserted unusually excessive variety of movies, like no different. And netizens also needs to think about this facet after they discuss Paani and Sushant Singh Rajput.
Rapturous standing ovation to our Musical, Matterhorn, premiered final night time. My first try as Director on Musicals. I beloved the expertise and actually look ahead to doing extra. Doing one thing dwell is much extra thrilling than movie. Extra immersive ???? pic.twitter.com/JvUV8fffEG
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 18, 2018