As the face-off between Sonu Sood and Kangna Ranaut continues to escalate, it has now emerged that what was called patchwork shoot in ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi,’ has now expanded into a major re-shoot. Sood, who left the film, which will now be directed by Ranaut, has been replaced by Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub.
The report said that what was termed as a 10-day patchwork shoot has now become a 45-day schedule and many scenes from director Krish’s original cut will be shot again. Krish had reportedly left the film as he had already committed his dates and new project and so Ranaut has stepped into his role, reports the Hindustan Times.
“During the first screening, the producers noted that the movie didn’t adhere to the script written by KV Vijayendra Prasad. There were glaring discrepancies in character establishment,” a source is quoted as saying. After the re-shoot began, they felt ‘they would have to re-shoot several portions, if they were to be honest to the script’. After a meeting with the producers, an additional Rs 20 crore were sanctioned for the shoot.
Hollywood action director Nick Powell has also been reportedly brought on board to shoot certain action sequences and a special song with Ranaut and Ankita Lokhande will be added to the film.
In a statement to Pinkvilla earlier this week, Ranaut had 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 to work 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.” Sood later lashed out at his ‘dear friend’ Ranaut for playing ‘the woman card’.
“Kangana is a dear friend and she will always remain one but this constant playing the woman card, the victim card and making this entire issue about male chauvinism is ridiculous,” he told India Today.
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