Anil Kapoor believes in playing everything by the book on paper. So imagine his shock when a producer raised objections to his next production Shortcut starring Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao and directed by Anees Bazmee.
Says a source in the film industry, "Two years ago, Anil had registered the title Shortcut with the IMPPA but last week ago he got a shock when he found producer Bikramjeet Singh Bhullar had raised an objection with IMPPA saying he had registered the same title before Kapoor. Anil asked director Rajat Rawail, who sort it out the title tussle but they had to finally withdraw and change their title to Shortkut - The Con Is On." The last schedule of Shortcut is currently on.
While Anil prefers not to comment on the title registration, but Rajat Rawail says, "We heard about the issue from Bhullar. The director of Shortcut Mr Ranjit Kapoor has neither met nor approached us directly. I was informed through the trade buzz. We had registered the title of Shortcut two years ago and again went to re-register it last week when we heard that someone had objected.
Our film as of now is called Shortcut The Con Is On. We haven't decided whether to use a K in Shortcut or not. It depends on the luck factor. Now we have documentary proof that the title Shortcut belongs to us." Rawail didn't have to cough up any money nor did Bhullar ask for it. "These things are sorted out internally. Initially we thought Anil Sharma had the title and when we went to him he said 'title rakhlo.' Then we discovered even he didn't have the title.
Rakesh Roshan has given away a title of his to some other producer recently. It is up to us producers to help each other out. Sometime they don't have a film on floor and nothing's happening while a film is already under production. In such cases, producers help each other out and give away the title," concludes the director.