The Sairat director Nagraj Manjule’s first collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan Jhund has been plagued with problems from the outset. Firstly, the original producer opted out leaving the project in the lurch. Bhushan Kumar and T series had to step in to revive the project. Even after the producer was in place Jhund got repeatedly delayed during shooting apparently because the director insisted on re-shooting. The release date has been postponed at least twice. And now the film may not be able to keep its December 13 release date , as a filmmaker Nandi Chinni Kumar from Hyderabad has sent the producers a legal notice claiming copyright infringement. Sources close to T Series reveal that the producers are “seriously fed up” of director Nagraj Manjule’s high-handed ways.
“He seriously thinks he’s a genius. Agreed Sairat was a hit. But can one film be proof of any filmmaker’s sustaining power?” the annoyed source wondered. Apparently Manjule does his own thing. “He never paid attention to the producers’ suggestions during the shooting of Jhund. This has not been a pleasant experience for anyone,” says the source.
Sairat, a Marathi film, was a huge hit when it released. The film was remade in Hindi as Dhadak by Karan Johar who introduced Jahnavi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter through it. The director Nagraj Manjule was feted after the release of the original and when he was signed up for Jhund, starring none other than the great Amitabh Bachchan, it turned out to be quite a coup. However, it remains to be seen if the film can make any impact when it releases, given all the controversies surrounding it.