Shahrukh is the name of a goat!
South Indian film maker Janaki Viswanathan is making a directorial debut in Bollywood with her movie ‘Bakrapur’. The movie has a goat named Shahrukh as an unusual protagonist.
When asked, the National award winning film maker, Janaki told that the movie in no means is a plot to mock the superstar. She clarified that the movie has no direct or indirect reference with Shahrukh Khan.
Janaki said to reporters, “It has nothing to do with Shah Rukh Khan. You see people have a tendency to name their pet animals after actors or someone they love. The goat is integral to the story so we needed a name for it... something catchy.”
She added, “You see, the name is just Shah Rukh which literally means face of the Emperor.”
Janaki Viswanathan was then asked if she has received comments or tweets about the unusual name of the goat in her movie. She clarified that till then she had not received any such comments. She also feels that Shahrukh Khan has a great sense of humor. She believes that the similarity in name will in no means irk the superstar. Though she has never interacted with Shahrukh Khan, she thinks the superstar will have no issues with his name bearing similarity with the name of a goat.
Janaki said, “I have great admiration for him and though I have not personally interacted with him, from the interviews he has done, he seems to have a great sense of humour.”
Janaki also clarified that the name of the movie ‘Bakrapur’ is not in the same context as VJ Cyrus Brocha’s show ‘MTV Bakra’. The movie has an imaginary title, wherein everyone makes fun of everybody else.
“The movie is a social-political satire set against the backdrop of rural India. A multi-layered film, it dwells, at the primary level, on the relationship between eight-year-old Zulfi and his pet goat Shah Rukh. It is also a hilarious take on the complex belief systems in our society and the conflicts that ensue thereon.” she said.
The movie is a short one and has duration of only 90 minutes. The casts of the movie are Faiz Khan, Asif Basra, Shameen Khan, Anshuman Jha and Suruchi Aulakh.
Janaki said, “Bakrapur' does not have any item number or any masala associated with commercial films. It is tough to get distributors. Not very easy but the trend, I believe, has been changing over the past one year. The climate is changing. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”