Chennai, Mar 19: National Award-winning filmmaker Janaki Vishwanathan’s maiden Hindi movie Yeh Hai Bakrapur which has a goat named Shahrukh as a protagonist is slated for April 25 release. The official trailer of the film has, however, triggered strong reactions from some fans of the Bollywood superstar on micro-blogging site Twitter.
“We were trending on the date of the official release on March 3 and it was a major hungama on Twitter but honestly the film has nothing to do with Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan. I was busy with the promos and it was only later I came across the responses,” Vishwanathan told PTI.
A fan had posted the message ‘shame on you’ on her Twitter account and another ‘using name ‘ SRK’ for getting publicity for your film!!! shame on you.’
“Look the goat is named just Shahrukh. Somehow the fans have got the impression that the film is to mock SRK, but once they come and see it, I feel they will understand,” she said.
Vishwanathan said she has great respect for Shahrukh Khan and what he has achieved and reiterated the film is not an attempt to poke fun at him.
Asked if the 47-year-old actor has reacted, she said, “We are trying to get in touch with him. I am confident he will appreciate the subject and extend good wishes for the movie.”
Vishwanathan said they planned to screen it at 500 theatres nationwide. The first copy of the movie was ready before the Mumbai Film Festival in late October last year. She was busy shooting with a promotional song last week. This has also been incorporated, she said.Besides the Mumbai film festival, the film was also screened at the Goteburg Fest in Sweden in January this year.
Besides the goat, the 90-minute film, scripted and directed by her, stars Anshuman Jha, Asif Basra, Faiz Khan, Shameen Khan and Suruchi Aulakh.
By Balakrishnan Nair