's Shoebite is helmed as a fantastic film by directors and actors alike. However the film has not seen the light of day due to various controversies. In a new interview with IANS Shailendra Singh has shared further insight into the legal issues surrounding his movie. Singh originally produced Shoebite and also wrote the film's script.
Singh said that he paid Amitabh Bachchan a sum of Rs. 1 crore as a signing amount and got Shoojit Sircar to direct the film. Singh revealed that the initial issue came when someone revealed that the film's story is similar to M. Night Shyamalan's Labour of Love. Singh added that neither the film's director nor the cast wanted to shoot before the NOC issue was resolved.
The producer further claimed saying, "Before my script went to another producer, as I was making the film with Shoojit, we went across the country to do location search and other research work. I spent money on that. Till then the name of the film was ‘Jonney Walker'. When Shoojit went to Ronnie, they changed the name of the film and called it ‘Shoebite'. I was shocked that they eventually also shot the film!"
He also said that the entire debacle is ethically wrong. He said, "If Mr Bachchan brought to my notice that the script is similar to that of Mr Shyamalan' s, how come he, along with my director and my script, goes to another producer and makes the film? That is why the film is stuck! We had an injunction to the film, we went to the Court because rightfully the script belongs to me (as intellectual property) and also whatever happened to me was ethically wrong. It was a clear betrayal."
Even then Singh still believes that the Indian audience deserves to watch Shoebite. Singh has said that he is ready to buy the film at a depreciated price.