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Shirish refuses to part with title, Vikram forced to use Creature

Vikram Bhatt


As far as film titles go, the occasional give and take seems to be part of the Bollywood film-making process. While some directors oblige by lending these titles to their contemporaries, looks like director Shirish Kunder was in no mood to do so when Vikram Bhatt made a similar request.

Vikram had initially planned to call his upcoming movie starring Bipasha Basu, Animal, which he thought was an apt title. "When I wrote the script, I thought the name fit it really well. Also, it wouldn’t have given people the impression that it’s a horror film, which is of utmost importance. Then I found out that Shirish owns the title. So, I approached his wife, Farah Khan, with whom I share a great rapport," says Vikram.

But Kunder, who’s also apparently working on a film by the same name, refused to part with the title.  "I really wanted it for my film, but I understand that Shirish, too, is working on his movie, and that’s the reason he could not help me. I am not upset with him," adds Vikram.

The film-maker also reveals that it was his daughter, Krishna, who eventually helped him find a new title. “I could not think of the obvious. But Krishna helped me find the current title, and I am very happy with it. I realise now that nothing could have been more fitting than this one,” he says.