This week’s blind item, courtesy of Rajeev Masand at OpenMagazine, is not much of a mystery. If you have been reading interviews of this person for the last month, then you will know exactly who it is Rajeev is referring to.
The Ghost Director
This popular filmmaker—who was once hailed as a genius, but now prolifically churns out lazy, mindless films— has been openly taking potshots at an actor who starred in his recent dud, blaming the star and his oily manager for making casting decisions, and pressuring him to alter the script midway through the shoot. As it turns out, the filmmaker was well aware that he’d made a turkey, and even sent another senior star (who also acted in the film) an SMS apologising in advance for the dud.
What’s more, one has learnt that the filmmaker had given up on the film roughly halfway into production, declaring that he couldn’t continue shooting as the film wasn’t shaping up the way he’d wanted. Surprisingly, he allowed the studio head, who’d acquired the film for distribution, to step in and shoot the final 30 days of the film.
Popular Filmmaker: Ram Gopal Varma
Actor Who Starred In His Recent Dud: Sanjay Dutt
Senior Star: Amitabh Bachchan
Oily Manager: Dharam Oberoi
Sanjay Dutt realised, with the help of his wife, the mess he was in thanks to his manager Dharam Oberoi. With Ram Gopal Varma coming forward and lashing out at Dharam Oberoi, Sanjay decided to sack him as the CEO of his company and had his wife Manyata Dutt replace him. I don’t know how a small town woman with absolutely no filmy experience will be able to handle a film production house. Let’s see how things go on for the Dutts in the future.