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How they made fun of my Punjabi film script in 2013 and then had to eat their words in 2016 post Shah Rukh's FAN - A personal sharing by Bobby Sing
13 Apr, 2016 | Articles on Cinema / Articles on Music, Poetry and Life

Beginning with a DISCLAIMER, clearing the doubts one might have reading the heading of this write-up posted on 13th April 2016, this is not about any claim or ownership or controversy related with any other person’s creative work, script or film as such. But this is just about my personal bitter experience in the field that I wish to share with all the friends of BTC without any kind of motive or venom against any person in particular.
In the first quarter of 2013, I got associated with an upcoming friendly production company willing to venture into Punjabi cinema inspired by two huge successes of those times shocking even the experienced trade pundits. Looking at the infectious enthusiasm of the team, I shared with them a detailed working storyline (without dialogues), revolving around two similar looking characters of Punjab (a double role) to be played by a reputed name of the Punjabi film industry. One of these characters in the script was supposed to be a known Pollywood Superstar and the other a simple, hard-working farmer living in the interiors of Punjab (with a similar face).
The story had a comic-cum-thriller feel with the farmer reaching the city and then kidnapping the tantrum throwing STAR, replacing him in all his ongoing shoots surprising every single person on the sets right from the spot boy to the director. Full of many funny as well as thought provoking sequences related with the film industry, the finale had the farmer accepting his crime on the stage of a big Pollywood Award Night revealing the hidden reality behind the people whom we consider to be our inspirational idols for life. The story did have an important message too along with all other essential elements of comedy, action and drama required in a Punjabi film. But it somehow couldn’t reach either the producers or the ‘big star’ hearing it attentively and they were unable to see the novelty behind the idea of a look-alike common man replacing a huge film icon.
A few among the chosen listeners of the narration also made fun of the idea labeling it as something weird or highly unconvincing for the viewers of Punjabi Cinema. And according to one, they would never accept a common man challenging a big star like this causing him a major trouble. So the story got rejected out rightly and nobody talked about it post the meeting considering it as a dropped case. But personally I did have a lot of faith in the idea and therefore went ahead and got it registered in my name with the FILM WRITER’S ASSOCIATION MUMBAI dated 3rd May 2013 with the tentative title DOUBLE TROUBLE. 
Interestingly the same title was chosen by Subhash Ghai’s production house for their Punjabi film based on Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” featuring both Gippy Grewal and Dharmendra in double roles. But they later kept it as “DOUBLE DI TROUBLE” instead of just “DOUBLE TROUBLE” as its usually done in the trade.
Coming back to the basic theme of this write-up, I had almost forgotten the rejection post 2013 and had begun working on some other projects including the second volume of my book as promised. But then came the teaser trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s FAN just a few months back. And the moment I saw it, I felt hugely satisfied and doubly confident, as I was not wrong working on that particular idea of a big star and his look alike creating some major troubles for his icon.
The news of FAN revolving around the same basic idea I once narrated to few people, was a big confidence-booster for me to be honest. But then I gradually got hold of my nerves and calmly conveyed the inner feelings to the same producer friends, who sportingly admitted and realized the similarities too exhibiting a newly acquired mature outlook beyond my expectations.
Now, you must be thinking that if it’s really the same theme used in FAN, then why I am not interested in raising an issue and getting some instant eyeballs on the social networks. The question is indeed a valid one, but with all humility, no voice or issue can be raised of any sort, because here we are just talking about the basic similar idea revolving around a look-alike film star and his obsessive fan, but nothing else.
Plus more importantly this is not anything highly unique or original that has never been used by anyone else before in either Hindi or English films in the last many decades (discussed in my next article in details mentioning all inspirational sources). So unless one has everything scene to scene lifted from his already registered script (much before the film’s making) as it is, there can be no claim made by any writer whatsoever.
But having said that, it indeed gives me a great amount of creative satisfaction thinking about the scenario that when everyone was literally laughing on my story-idea presented in a sitting held in 2013. The same basic thought was being worked upon in Mumbai for the next SRK Film by the big thinking minds of the Industry realizing the potential in it.
So instead of anything negative, I would love to see a positive light in the experience infusing a new strength into my writings with.......
HIS BLESSINGS
(The detailed inspirational sources list of similar concepts like FAN coming tomorrow including the ones I got my inspirations from)
So Stay tuned.

Tags : Beginning with a DISCLAIMER, clearing the doubts one might have reading the heading of this write-up posted on 13th April 2016, this is not about any claim or ownership or controversy related with any other personís creative work, script or film as such. But this is just about my personal bitter experience in the field that I wish to share with all the friends of BTC without any kind of motive or venom against any person in particular.
13 Apr 2016 / Comments ( 8 )
A Desai
Wow! How wonderful to know about it.

Thanks for sharing Bobby!
Bobby Sing

Thanks for the valuable support and appreciation Abel brother.
HIS BLESSINGS

Shubham
Sometimes I feel that understanding someone's creative idea is not everyone's "cup of tea".
Bobby Sing

It isn't Shubham, particularly in the medium of cinema where the writer and the director need to be always on the same page.
Otherwise you would never get on screen what was actually penned on the paper.

Cheers!

Arun Kumar
Please provide link of the article mentioned in the post.
Bobby Sing

Hi Arun,
Here is the link to the article about all films having the related or similar themes like FAN.

http://www.bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=postid041416011801

Cheers!

Arun Kumar
I think Kamal Hasanji's Mayor Saab can also be considered on the same line. As far as I remember I read somewhere in late 80s that he was planning a film in Tamil where he was supposed to pay twin roles. One that of a superstar and another that of a common man. Film was about the comic situations and thrills when both the men change their positions. I do not know whether it was made or not as in those there was no way to follow these kinds of stories as internet was not available in those days and only source of knowledge was print where you could not search news or information of your choice.
Bobby Sing

Dear Arun,
Regarding MAYOR SAAB, its not that every film with a double role like Ram Aur Shyam and more can be included in this list. However the idea Kamal was working on is quite the same but I don't have the precise info of any film made on the subject sharing it honestly.

Still it was great to know that even Kamal Hassan had a similar thought in mind.

Thanks for writing in and Keep Visiting,
Cheers!
 

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