The last blind item that we have for the month of March 2016 comes from Rajeev Masand. It was a bit hard to figure out who he was talking about, but we did find out eventually. We have to say though that the A-list actor he mentioned in blind item is only making a special appearance in the film unlike what was thought initially that he was acting opposite this young starlet. So this means that this movie will ride solely on the shoulders of this young and successful actress. See if you can guess who Rajeev is talking about.
This A-Lister Producer halted His Much-Awaited Film Owing to Differences with the Director!
It’s one of the more eagerly awaited films of those announced last year, and it’s finally shooting now. Few are aware, however, that considerable drama went down before the filmmakers got to this point. First, it was revealed that one of Bollywood’s leading producers would be bankrolling this promising director’s second film. Then came some terrific casting details. Between that and now, there was reportedly an awkward confrontation between the director and the producer, and even a temporary shutdown of the project.
Those in the know say the director—doubtlessly talented but also famously opinionated despite having made only one film before—had teething troubles initially, and routinely clashed with Production. From refusing to share the script with the producer, to bossing around his team including his longstanding friend and CEO, the director was rubbing too many people the wrong way. It all came to a boil when the director exploded on the phone to the producer, who was busy with another project outside India, over an audition video that the director accused the production staff of carelessly misplacing. Not one who is used to being yelled at, and already tired of hearing repeated complaints about the director’s mood swings, the producer reportedly pulled the plug on the project while on the phone line from Europe. He was halting production on the film indefinitely.
Nothing moved till the producer returned weeks later, and a face-to-face meeting with the director was arranged. the producer listed all his concerns, laying down ground rules if the project was to be revived. By the end of the long confrontation, it appeared that the producer and the director were on the same page. The director agreed to be more trusting, and the producer made an assurance that the film was important to his company.
Despite some scepticism from the film’s A-list leading man who had by now heard about the brief falling out, the film went into production on schedule. It’s currently shooting outside Mumbai, and remains a project that the industry is excited about.