Mr India completes 30 years today: Boney Kapoor says the film wasn't dependent on stardom of actors
The epic 1987 superhit film Mr India has completed 30 years today and producer Boney Kapoor says the makers focused on the story rather than depending on the stardom of the lead actors. Touted as Bollywood's first sci-fi film, Mr. India starred Anil Kapoor in the titular role, Sridevi, Amrish Puri as the famous villain Mogambo, went on to become highest grossing film of 1987.
"I'm so happy and proud that people remember 'Mr. India' fondly even today. I remember being one of the youngest members behind the camera and today with 'MOM', I'm the eldest member. With 'Mr.India' we were never dependent on the stardom of the actors, just on the magic of the film," Boney, who also produced 'Mr. India', said in a statement.
The 61-year-old added: "All our fight sequences, stunts and the destruction... It was real-time direction and special effects; not done during post-production."
"I remember being one of the youngest members behind the camera and today with my upcoming film 'Mom', I am the eldest member," he says.
"Mr. India" revolved around a man named Arun, who strives to raise orphaned kids and is harassed by a gangster who's after his house. After losing one of the kids, he uses an inventor's invisibility watch to fight crime and corruption. Directed by ace filmmaker Shekhar Kapur film had several memorable moments and characters like the idea of invisible man (played by Anil as Arun) struck the chord with the audience.
The 10 child artists played an integral part while Satish Kaushik as Calendar left everyone in splits. The film was known for several of its one liners and songs, including Sridevi's 'Miss Hawa Hawaii' performance, and Amrish Puri's famous dialogue Mogambo khush hua.
Boney is now gearing up for the release of his next production venture "Mom", which features Sridevi. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. "Mom" marks Sridevi's 300th film and 2017 marks her 50th year in films. Directed by Ravi Udyawar, "Mom" releases on July 7.
(With PTI Inputs)