A huge controversy has erupted over Sonu Sood’s walkout from Kangana Ranaut’s epic Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Trouble started when Kangana took over the film to complete it after director Krish was said to busy with other projects. Sonu Sood’s exit came as a shock as the fiery actress alleged that Sonu walked out because he didn’t want to be directed by a female director. The actress confirmed to Pinkvilla about Sonu’s exit from the project but refuted rumours of a showdown. The actor 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. Though the team suggested that they have full faith in me, it seems, Sonu had neither dates nor faith.”
But Sonu, who is currently shooting for Rohit Shetty’s Simbaa falls off his chair laughing over what he describes as Kangana’s short-sightedness. “Every time there is a problem involving her, she plays up the gender card. But may I remind her that I’ve never had a problem with any of co-stars in my career of 19 years in this film industry? May I also remind her that the biggest hit of my career is Happy New Year. And does she remember who directed that? Farah Khan! She is not only my director but also a trusted and dependable buddy.”
While Sonu Sood will speak no more, a friend of his on oath of anonymity says the actor took a lot of “rubbish” on the sets of Manikarnika. “Sadly, we’re dealing with a woman who thinks she can bully everyone into submission by playing up the gender card. But Sonu has decided he won’t take the bullying lying down. In fact other actors from Manikarnika are expected to come forward with their own tale of woes.”
Clearly, the controversy hasn’t died out yet.