Arth original producer Kuljit Pal says, “I will not give the remake rights to anyone”

Bollywood Hindi movie Arth

Mumbai, July 22 (Washington Bangla Radio): As reports stated, Adaptation of Mahesh Bhatt's Arth directed by Pakistani actor-director Shaan (Khuda Kay Liye fame) may well become the first Indo-Pakistan film to be shot in Pakistan. Bhatt quotes reported as follows "I got a call from Shaan seeking permission to adapt the film. I informed the film's producer Kuljit Pal. Since it's not a commercial transaction but an emotional one, there's no money involved."

Surprisingly, When contacted producer Kuljit Pal he confirmed "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 can not give the remake write to any other country. On his insistence I did tell him if at all 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.” He further added “However, The Bhatts’ are big people,I was shocked to read in the news papers stating that I have consented for giving away the re make rights of my film Arth. This I feel is just the high headedness of the Bhatts."

According to a leading tabloid, Mahesh Bhatt film regular Shagufta Rafique will script the film. She quoted, "As the film is going to be based in Pakistan, we will cast Pakistani girls. Apart from writing, I will also be involved in the casting of the film.'' However Pakistani actor Shaan is supposed to reprise the role of Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

Afzal Ahmed, Producer of films such as Ek Tha Raja and Mashooka too is shocked to read the article in the daily news papers he says, “I had taken the official remaking rights of the film Arth from producer Kuljit Pal in 2008, by paying an exorbitant amount. I will incur heavy losses through the infringement of the copy rights."

Faisal SaifWashington Bangla Radio Mumbai correspondent Faisal Saif is co-editor of Global Movie Magazine and sub-editor of Youth Eye Magazine. A passionate Bollywood Feature News Writer and film critic, Saif is a regular contributor to Santabanta, Page 3 Bollywood, Orissa Diary, PardaPhash, NewsWala, The News Tribe, Bolega India and many more online and print journals. Saif lives in Mumbai and can be reached at thatfaisalsaif at gmail.