There were media reports that suggested that Kamal Jain, producer of this week’s big release Manikarnika had been hospitalised with a paralytic stroke. However, now there seems to be some confusion regarding his health condition.
Perhaps it is the stress of being seen as the face and creative head of one of the most expensive films ever produced in India. But Kangana Ranaut is in denial. Apparently, she doesn’t believe that her Manikarnika producer Kamal Jain is hospitalized. At a special screening of the film on Sunday when an actor from the film asked about his health she testily replied he was doing ok and that an unnecessary hullabaloo is being created about the producer’s health when it is only a “lung infection.”
Kangana’s attitude to producer Kamal Jain’s supposedly “critical condition” is shared by another actor from the film who wonders, “Why were Kamal Jain’s wife and daughter at the special screening if he was really in the hospital? Could this be publicity for the film? Just as a few days ago, there were stories about how the right-wing fringe group Karni Sena were threatening the Manikarnika. But the Karni chief had to stoutly deny any interest in Manikarnika.”
In fact, an opinion going around in the film industry is that Kamal Jain is not even partially as ill as it’s being made out to be. “He has certainly not suffered a paralytic stroke. This false news was spread so Jain could escape from being part of the film’s final promotion before release,” says an informed source. But why would a producer do that? Perhaps the reason will be clear once the film releases this week.