Sonu Sood has decided to opt out of Kangana Ranaut’s much-ambitious project Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and said it was because of a scheduling conflict. The actor who was reportedly playing Sadashivrao Bhau is currently filming Rohit Shetty’s Simmba and was in a fix because he was asked to reshoot portions by Kangana. Apart from dates, another thing that didn’t go well is the fact that he had to sport a clean-shaven look for the period film. However, the 45-year-old actor has beard look for Simmba. Hence, the step.
However, it seems like there is more to it. Buzz of the town is Sonu had a tiff with his co-star Kangana Ranaut who was recently in the news after the clapboard with her name as the director went viral. Apparently, the credit controversy was just the tip of the iceberg because a fresh salvo of shots has been fired. According to Pinkvilla when the Queen actress was quizzed about Sonu’s exit, she said “Sonu and I haven’t even met since the last shot with Krish (director) last year. He is busy filming Simmba. He couldn’t even give us tentative dates to match combinations with other actors. The producers showed him the film and writers narrated the patchwork to him, he refused to meet me. He vehemently denied working under a woman director which is kind of amusing because Sonu is a dear friend and I have even launched the music of a film that he produced on his request. Even though the team suggested that they have full faith in me, it seems, Sonu had neither dates nor faith.”
She also rubbished reports of having a showdown with him and said, “When I last spoke to him he suggested that I can go ahead with someone else and when I narrated the script to Zeeshan Ayyub, he called the studio and gave the dates. By that time it was too late as Zeeshan gave me dates for September. Now, I hear I had a showdown with him, when I never met him, never directed him, when did I have this showdown?” When asked if the portions shot with him earlier will now be reshot? Kangana added, “Yes, none of the portions he has shot before will be used because he has spiked hair with gel in his hair, so the new team of DOP and editors and our writers of Manikarnika have discarded those scenes so I have to shoot all of that anyway so it’s easy to get another actor on board. Who keeps spiked hair for a period film?” Ouch.
She also went on to divulge details about scenes that Sonu had insisted which were never part of the script. She also took the opportunity to clear the air about the tag of director on last time and said, “He himself wrote his scenes of Kushti like Dangal which were never in the script. He and director shot a lot of stuff which was never in the script and the writers discarded those. Is it my fault? Am I writing the film? He wanted the producers to retain the Kushti portions as he made the body for it, for 4 months. How do I know what is happening behind my back? When the writers saw the film, they said they don’t want it. One more thing, I never asked anyone to put my name on clapboard it’s AD’s business. A person on the floor is in charge, is answerable for many things that must have been the idea but constant attacks while I am going through a difficult phase is not acceptable.” Stay tuned for more, because we are certain there will be.