There’s a lot of talk happening about the Pakistani remake of Mahesh Bhatt-directed Arth, and while plans are already being put into place – scripting, auditioning, the like – the original producer Kuljit Pal has come forward to say that he’s not given permission at all!
Mahesh Bhatt says that he got a call from Pakistani director Shaan about doing a remake, and he informed producer Kuljit Pal of this. He also claims that it’s an “emotional” transaction and not a commercial one, so there is no money involved. However, the producer has another story to tell entirely.
“Mr Mahesh Bhatt had sent a letter some time back to me through some office bearer. But I did not receive it, on the contrary I asked him to tell Mukesh Bhatt to call me up, I shall discuss with him. Well, in my telephonic conversation with Producer Mukesh Bhatt, I clearly stated I cannot give the remake write to any other country. On his insistence I did tell him if at all a Pakistani producer intends to remake my film Arth, he should make it in Urdu language only. I further also confirmed that if at all the film is remade in any Indian language, I will be looking forward for financial gains. However, the Bhatts are big people, I was shocked to read in the newspapers stating that I have consented for giving away the remake rights of my film Arth. This I feel is just the high headedness of the Bhatts.”
As if that weren’t enough, producer Afzal Ahmed stepped up saying that he had purchased the remake rights from Kuljit Pal in 2008 at a high price, and would therefore incur heavy losses if this film gets made.
Story courtesy Vaalee Supreet