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.