Harry Baweja replaces director in new film
By Subhash K Jha. Source: glamsham.com
The pre-production scenario for Harry Baweja's new production directed by Vikram Bhatt gets murkier by the day.
First, Sohail Khan was replaced by Aftab Shivdasani almost overnight, apparently without the former's knowledge.
Though the official reason given for Sohail's ouster is "date problem" the actor, currently shooting Rumi Jaffrey's comedy with his brother Salman, learnt about his non-inclusion in the final cast after reading about it!
Even more shocking is the ouster of the film's original director Hansal Mehta from the picture.
Hansal confirms he was supposed to direct Baweja's Urmila-Zayed-Aftab-Sanjay Suri project which is inspired from David R. Elllis's psychological thriller "Cellular".
"I really don't know what happened. I worked on the project for two months. Harry Baweja and I go back a long way. I made the comedy 'Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai' for Harry.
"When he asked me to put together this project Sohail was very much an integral part of the project. He was to play the main antagonist. Most of the film's drama occurs between the characters played by Urmila and Sohail. I met Urmila several times.
"Everything was fine when suddenly Harry told me this was too big a project for me to handle. He said he was willing to produce something smaller for me. Something gave way inside me. I turned down the kind offer."
What really offended Hansal was the fact that the replacement director Vikram Bhatt didn't even bother to clarify the situation with him.
"Strange, because it was my project to begin with. I had originally taken the idea to another producer. When things didn't work out I took it out to Harry... Anyway..." Hansal sighs.
"I've moved on. My new film 'Anjaan' is releasing on 11 November," Hansal adds.
Hansal describes it as "a relationship-driven thriller with three good-looking glamorous people. I've never really done a marital film before. 'Anjaan' is very close to my heart. It's very economically told thriller... just 100 minutes long."
Is it true that Sohail walked out of the Baweja film out of a sense of loyalty towards Hansal? "I don't know," Hansal laughs uneasily.
"But it's true that Sohail and I became very close friends while I directed him in my other ready-for-release film 'Raakh'.
"Sohail was very charged about the Harry Baweja film. In fact Ashish Chowdhary who's part of the cast and who's very close to Harry kept persuading Sohail to stay on."