Blind Item – 2018 – Bollywood – February
The blind item below is about a TV show that has been recently released as a web series. It is produced by a famous TV producer, who used and still does produce films from time to time. She has admitted that she lost way too much money producing films, which is why she decided to venture into web series. Many film companies are also doing this now because making films has proved to be too expensive for them.
This blind item is by Rajeev Masand and it’s about this web series and the behind the scenes drama that happened before the show was released. The show itself looks interesting and mostly that’s because of the capable actors in it. Read on below to find out more.
A well-known indie filmmaker who’s delivered a steady stream of ‘small’ films over the years was signed on to direct an ambitious web series for a top producer’s new online platform. It was an association that would benefit both parties. For the infamously controlling producer, working with a fiercely independent director would no doubt boost her street cred; for the filmmaker, it was just the kind of A-list ‘studio project’ that would look good on his CV.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. After considerable work on the project, which was originally conceptualised by the producer herself, the director reportedly ditched the gig citing “creative differences”. It put a lot of people in a difficult spot—including the star of the series, a promising indie actress who’d taken the job only to work with the director. But much of the shoot was already underway, and the producer quickly recruited a new director to keep the show running. For a while it seemed like things were okay.
Now with the show having recently launched and making quite a splash (the influential producer knows a thing or two about drumming up buzz), the estranged director has been telling anyone who’s willing to listen that what you see is his work, sadly uncredited. He’s been claiming everything people are praising about the show is his work; what’s ‘meh’ is the mess that was made after his departure. Word seems to have reached the producer, who sniggered at his claims. Sources say the director is especially cheesed off because he wasn’t paid commensurate to the work he’d put in, and was actually threatened by the producer to walk away quietly or be prepared to have ‘the pants sued off him’.
Indie Filmmaker: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Ekta Kapoor
Show: The Test Case