Lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar has said Shekhar Kapur should not be offended for not being consulted about the new version of Mr India as he, too, had disregarded the original script for the iconic film. Salim-Javed originally wrote the film that finally featured Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri in lead roles.
Shekhar chose to do his own thing back then: Javed Akhtar
Javed told Asian Age, “Today Shekhar Kapur is offended because no one has consulted him about this new project. Why should they? They may or may not be morally bound to inform the people involved with the original film, but they are not legally bound to do so. And where was his sense of creative outrage when he had disregarded the bound script of Mr India that we had given to producer Boney Kapoor and Shekhar?” He added, “Shekhar chose to do his own thing back then.”
Shekhar said about not sticking to the script by Salim-Javed
According to the Asian Age report, Shekhar had earlier said about not sticking to the script by Salim-Javed, “I never read that script. I am a hundred percent sure that what we made finally was very different from what Salim-Javed had written originally.
Javed said, “the characters, the dialogue, the lyrics even the title none of these were yours.”
Javed wrote in his tweet, "Shekhar saheb the story the situations, the scenes, the characters, the dialogue, the lyrics even the title none of these were yours. I gave it all to you. Yes you execute it very well but how can your claim on the film be more than mine. It wasn’t you idea. It wasn’t your dream."