This week’s blind item is a bit boring. Rajeev Masand could have thought of something spicier to tell us, but no he opted for a safe blind. The actor in the blind below, we were thinking about him yesterday when we posted an article of him and his wife and their two kids. There have been numerous reports on how his wife controls his life, still he gets to have affairs outside the marriage while away on shoots. We wonder how that happened, it seems that, aside from a very few actors, all actors seem to have affairs while they are away shooting.
It’s fair to say that most filmwallahs were surprised when a prominent male star dumped his manager of some years without warning a few months ago. The manager in question—an oily fellow notorious for taking favours and cash from producers in exchange for access to the star—had ingratiated himself to the actor and his wife, despite his shady reputation and dirty deals. It’s a well-known fact that the star’s wife had instructed him to keep a close eye on her famously philandering husband and report any misdemeanours and indiscretions on the actor’s part. The star in turn had resigned himself to the fact that the manager would always be an irritating shadow.
When the manager was sacked unceremoniously, the star and his wife are believed to have spread the word that they’d discovered he was “looting producers” in their name, and wanted to have nothing to do with him anymore. But it turns out that there might be more to that story.
The disgruntled manager, who swears he was loyal to the couple throughout his tenure, has now reportedly been spilling the beans on what he insists really happened. According to him, the actor’s wife threw a mad fit when she discovered he’d “arranged” for a prominent actress from across the border to “spend time” with the male star. The manager says he was only acting as per the wishes of the star, and also reveals it was hardly the first time he’d made such “arrangements” for the actor.
According to him, the actor’s wife sacked him as soon as she learnt her husband had been repeatedly unfaithful to her, and that her ‘trusted ally’ had failed to report all this to her. She was even more upset that he’d played such an active role in facilitating her husband’s many indiscretions.
While he says the star wife’s anger may be justified, the manager has repeatedly said he cannot help but feel betrayed by the actor who has also turned on him, despite his unwavering loyalty. The manager says he is owed substantial money by the couple, and will not go away quietly if the couple doesn’t pay him soon.
Prominent Male Star: Sanjay Dutt
Manager of Some Years: Dharam Oberoi
Star’s Wife: Manyata Dutt