Coffee with D release postponed, threats from gangsters suspected to be the cause
The release of Vishal Mishra's underworld comedy Coffee with D has been indefinitely postponed. While the makers remain tight-lipped about the reason, it is suspected that repeated threats by Dawood Ibrahim's associates are the cause.
Sunil Grover in 'Coffee with D'
It was reported earlier that both Mishra and the lead actor Sunil Grover had been getting threat calls from the underworld, particularly from Chhota Shakeel who is considered the right hand of Ibrahim. They have taken offence three instances in the trailer of the film in which Ibrahim's character has been depicted in a comical light.
Now, the underworld has also made threat calls to the producer Vinod Ramani who, along with Mishra, has sought help from the Delhi police. Ramani claims that Shakeel is demanding the deletion of those comical references to Ibrahim, failing which they will unleash dire consequences on the makers' families.
"From the time of the release of the trailer, it hasn't been quite easy. We are being hopeful and taking each day as it comes. As of now, the release has been postponed," says Mishra.
It is not the first time that a film has been made with a character based on Ibrahim. Anurag Kashyap's 2007 film Black Friday was the first one that dared to take the underworld don's name out loud. When filmmaker Sanjay Gupta tried to use Ibrahim's name in his 2013 film Shootout at Wadala, he received similar threats and was forced to change the name of Sonu Sood's character to Dilawar. Apparently, Vivek Oberoi's memorable role of Maya in the prequel Shootout at Lokhandwala was also inspired from Ibrahim.
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma was also seemingly fascinated by Ibrahim as he made two films where the protagonist was modeled on the underworld don — Ajay Devgn's 2002 film Company and Randeep Hooda's 2005 film D. Another filmmaker intrigued by the don was Milan Luthria who designed Emran Hashmi's and Akshay Kumar's characters in the Once Upon A Time In Mumbai franchise after Ibrahim.
Two veteran actors also brought Ibrahim to life on celluloid when Rishi Kapoor donned the signature sunglasses in Nikhil Adwani's 2013 film D-Day and when Vinod Khanna sported the familiar gaze in Vishram Sawant's 2007 film Risk.
It is possible that Coffee with D was also following suit. But making a mockery out of the infamous personality rather than glorifying him is what has probably landed the makers in a soup.
Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 18:41 PM