Courtesy: Open Magazine
According to the industry grapevine, this much-loved actress who is making a sort of comeback with a masala musical, clashed repeatedly with the film’s producer, one of Bollywood’s ‘edgiest’ filmmakers working today.
Envisioned as a quirky comedy, the film’s shoot allegedly had the actress interfering extensively, at times bullying the director, who makes his Hindi film debut with this project. The result, if sources are to be believed, is that the film has turned out to be very different from what was planned—a more ‘commercial’ and ‘conventional’ venture than the producer and director had intended it to be.
The differences of opinion apparently continued until very recently, when it was time to put out the first trailer of the film. One hears that the actress sat on the edit herself—taking advantage of the fact that her producer was doing the rounds of film festivals at the time—and assembled a cut she thought did justice to their movie.
When her producer returned and saw her version of the trailer, he reportedly re-cut a brand new version, very different from hers. The studio that’s distributing the film sided with the producer ultimately, releasing his version of the trailer over that of the actress.
If the leading lady is upset, she’s not showing it. The actress realises this is one of only two projects she has on her hands currently (and the only solo-heroine film), and cannot afford to get into a public scrap with those behind the film.