It looks like, trouble for Kangana Ranaut and her upcoming film ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ doesn’t seem to end. It started with the film getting delayed, then came reports of Kangana taking over as the director and re-shooting portions of the film that were shot by Krish, and the recent incident where Sonu Sood walked out of the film. Now, the ‘Simran’ writer, Apurva Asrani also had a comment to make about their entire episode.
Taking to twitter, Apurva Asrani wrote, “A star hijacking a film & running down the hard work of crew member/s is the worst form of hara-kiri there is. When affected filmmakers cannot control this & instead put on a facade of a ‘dignified silence’, they allow a monstrous ego to go on a rampage & eventually kill the film.”
Check his tweet below:
A star hijacking a film & running down the hard work of crew member/s is the worst form of hara-kiri there is. When affected filmmakers cannot control this & instead put on a facade of a ‘dignified silence’, they allow a monstrous ego to go on a rampage & eventually kill the film
— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) September 1, 2018
Sources close to Kangana have rubbished all the controversies. A source was quoted by PinkVilla as, “There is no logic to this whole mess. Will the studio blindly give Kangana the film and crores of money every day to shoot? All of a sudden she can arm-twist the producers to give in crores of money? It is their hard earned money too.”
“How can a director just move on when he is bound by a contract? Has anyone asked this logical question? Basically, when the producers saw the rough cut they were upset with Krish and were not happy. Hence Kangana was asked to take over. From a logical point of view if a director is under contract and is being paid by the producers then he has to reshoot if there are any changes too. But, they chose to let him go and not insist on him taking the reigns again cause they weren’t happy. They then asked Kangana to step in,” added the source.
The source further says that Kangana blackmailing the producers to give money makes no sense. “Only 20-30% of what Krish shot is being retained and the other portions are being reshot. The initial budget was around Rs 60 crores but the producers are ready to give in Rs 20 crores more for the reshoot as they trust Kangana. The unit is shooting in ND studios and will wrap up only by mid-October. How can Kangana blackmail the producers to give money every day for the production cost? This doesn’t make any sense.”
To make sure ‘Manikarnika’ wasn’t shelved, Kangana stepped in as the director. The source said, “Kangana has also pushed Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s film that was supposed to start from September because the studio has given her the responsibility to direct and complete the film. Kangana had an option to either direct or let the film be shelved. She agreed and decided to lead the unit. Producers had full liberty to get a new director on board but they didn’t. The sanction director, Nick Powell is called back to reshoot certain portions too.”
Leaving all the controversies aside, we hope the film isn’t involved in any other controversy and releases soon.
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