This superstar has been going through a purple patch. All his movies last year were hits. He is known to manipulate things to his advantage. He did try to mess things up for another superstar, when their movies were about to clash last year. But to be fair, he is not the only one who does it. An ex-numero uno supertstar is renowned for making false promises to competitors only to break them later. Barring a few genuine souls, Bollywood is full of manipulative scheming people.
Films have been clashing at the Bollywood box office a lot this year – more so because of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat getting postponed from last December to January this year. Now we have heard that a superstar whose niche Film (and home production) was clashing with an action drama has managed to get it postponed to avoid coming on the same day – just to get a solo release for his own film. Despite many celebs pitching in to promote the film, his niche film has not whipped up enough frenzy to pull in the family audiences as yet.
While the action drama seemed to have its permissions in place when the crew started the shoot, suddenly problems started cropping up out of nowhere for the hapless filmmaker (who had already postponed his film once). The film was all set to release along with the niche film when they got the news that certain changes in the film were required as certain scenes would have to be edited out. The team waited for three days to get the required changes (minor ones) from the concerned authorities but they were kept waiting outside for hours till the office shut down for the day. Finally, when they were given the list of modifications it was too late for them to release that particular week. Rumours have been rife in the film industry that it was the superstar, who is known to be well-connected with everybody, had his way, as he pulled some strings to make sure that the film got delayed. The fuming filmmaker has no choice but to grin and bear it.
The strange part is that the superstar used to be good friends with the director whose film was clashing with his own but due to an actress (both had worked with in the past), they had a fallout. Buzz was both had developed a soft corner for the young, bubbly actress. While the director has stopped signing the actress for his films, the superstar and the actress continue to be in touch.
The filmmaker was upset with the superstar and stopped working with him for some time till rumours of their patch-up started coming and their next film together. But now with the developments that have taken place, the rift between the two seems to be completely beyond repair – the filmmaker won’t certainly work with the superstar again for some time.
Nobody knows the truth of what really happened – everything is pure speculation right now. But as they say – the truth always comes out and one day it will.
Superstar: Akshay Kumar
Director Neeraj Pandey
Movies: Aiyaary & Padman
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