The director had been fighting to reclaim the title, Womaniya, whose rights are with Pritish Nandy Communications.
Anurag Kashyap renames Womaniya to Saand Ki Aankh, tells Pritish Nandy to 'sit on the title and warm it'
Mumbai - 09 Feb 2019 16:53 IST
Updated : 29 Sep 2020 1:20 IST
After attempting to regain the title Womaniya from Pritish Nandy Communications, Anurag Kashyap has decided to rename his film.
The film about two octogenarian shooters, Chandro and Prakashi Tomar, features Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles.
The film is being directed by Tushar Hiranandani.
The makers announced the film's new title, Saand Ki Aankh, on social media today.
Kashyap had initially titled the film Womaniya, using a word from the lines of a song from his own film, Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012).
However, it turned out that Pritish Nandy Communications had already registered the title for an upcoming web-series, which was later renamed Four More Shots Please!
Despite that, Nandy did not agree to Kashyap's demand to let go of the title.
Taking to social media, Kashyap lashed out at Nandy, tweeting, "So we have decided to not pay the extortion sum of 1 crore to Pritish Nandy. He can sit on the title and warm it and hope for it to hatch into something worthwhile for his company for once."
So we have decided to not pay the extortion sum of 1 crore to @PritishNandy. He can sit on the title and warm it and hope for it to hatch into something worthwhile for his company for once— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) February 9, 2019
Even Taapsee Pannu got into the act, saying, "Sometimes they shelve our films, sometimes they fight over the title." The actress added that she was sharing the film's new title from her own Twitter handle and challenging anyone to do anything.
Kabhi humaari picture shelve karva dete hai kabhi title ki maara maari, maine socha main Khud hi picture announce kar deti hu through my PERSONAL MEDIANET ab jisko jo ukhaadna hai ukhaad lo ! Kickstarting the shoot of our country’s oldest and coolest shooters #Chandro #Prakashi pic.twitter.com/dEYzIO5SP9— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 9, 2019
Not everyone seemed to share the opinion, however. Anubhav Sinha, who directed the Pannu-starrer Mulk (2018), said he had had "perfectly good" experience taking titles for his films.
Interestingly I have had a wonderful experience with taking titles from perfect strangers recently. I gave one to a stranger too. https://t.co/O1fNI7OY4d— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) February 9, 2019
Despite Nandy's lack of support, Kashyap's film seems to have found the support of Chandro Tomar who took to Twitter to tweet support for the project.
The film, produced by Kashyap and directed by Hiranandani, will see Pannu and Pednekar take on the roles of the two women who are India's oldest national shooting champions.