Manikarnika starring Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Jisshu Sengupta and Danny Denzongpa released this weekend and if anything, it is roaring big at the box office, with galloping more than 50 crores in just 3 days. Though the movie is known to be Kangana Ranaut’s directorial debut, director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi also known as Krish who had originally shot the movie has strikingly different opinions about the actor.
Kangana Ranaut has been landing in controversial soups one after the other. First, it was the much publicized, Kangana and Hrithik washing their dirty linen in public, then it was her claiming for the writing credits in the movie Simran and now, here in Manikarnika as well, she has managed to anger the director of the movie.
The Rani Laxmibai Biopic earlier had Sonu Sood as one of the most important antagonists of the film, Sadashiv but due to a fallout between the actors and makers, he left the movie and that made news earlier. Just a day after the release of the movie, Krish, in an interview with SpotboyE, opened up about how things had just fallen out of place after Kangana started interfering in the filmmaking process. He said,
“I had finished my entire edit in June. I had completed all the reels and even given them for sound recording. Everybody even dubbed but not Kangana. She was shooting for Mental in London.”
He further added,
“She returned, saw the film and said that she liked it. After a few days, she said that iska jyaada hai, uska jyaada hai, this girl is overpowering, that girl is overpowering. Then she came up with yeh change karna hai, woh change karna hai. She also said that Kamal Jain (producer) hadn’t liked the film.”
Krish also revealed how Kangana had a problem with every other character having more runtime in the movie and how it was Sonu Sood’s character which became a bone of contention. He said,
“This was completely against history. Sonu was playing an important antagonist, he had a beautiful arc in the story and we had shot with him beautifully for 35 days, Sadashiv (Sonu’s character) would have died in the film but just little before Laxmibai’s death.”
“She said Sonu is not required in the second half. But I put my foot down. Big arguments followed. Kamal Jain took Kangana’s side. A few days later, I got a call from Sonu. He wanted to know if I was directing the film further or not. And then I got a call from Kamal Jain that Kangana is getting help from some guy and they will direct the film.”
The director then goes on to explain how in a way, Kangana was majorly responsible for Sonu Sood’s exit from the film for which he had mostly shot. He explained,
“I came to Mumbai to meet Kamal Jain. Kangana was present at the meeting. She said the changes were small and she would manage, if I was busy. I came back to Hyderabad and got a call from Sonu that they were terminating his character at the interval. I told them that I won’t direct that change in Sonu’s role. Kamal Jain replied that Kangana will direct. Sonu told me that he wasn’t going ahead if I was not taking any further part.”
When asked whether it was Kangana’s insecurity cropping up that she did not want any of the other characters to shine in the movie, Krish expressed that it was not about her insecurities but the fact that she is self-obsessive in nature and wanted everything to be about herself. He said,
“No insecurity, it was just that she wanted everything to herself. She is rude all the time.”
On the Sonu Sood debacle, he continued how his role was shortened to a mere sixty minutes from the rich hundred minutes runtime and any actor would prefer to walk out than face such extreme unprofessional behavior. He also revealed how after Sonu Sood’s exit, Swati Semwal, the actor playing Sood’s on screen wife in the film, followed him and chose to walk out. After Sonu left the project, it was disheartening for the director to read in the papers that it was because Sonu couldn’t take orders from a female director which was absolutely false. He said,
“I felt very bad when I read in the papers Kangana saying that ‘Sonu couldn’t take orders from a female director’. That was annoying and bad. It never happened. What she said was untrue.” I don’t blame Sonu for quitting. His run time was 100 minutes and it was being chopped to 60 minutes. Who will agree? Nobody would.”
Krish also talked about how Kangana has reshot about 15-20% of the first half and about 10% of the second half saying Zee Studios and the producers did not like his work which to her and the team looked like a Bhojpuri film. He was quoted as saying,
“Kangana has done 20-25 per cent of the first half and 10-15% in the second half. I didn’t shoot a song and I didn’t shoot her entry scene. In the second half, she has even re-shot some scenes which I had done in a different way. Kangana even told me that Zee Studios hadn’t liked what I had made. It was looking like a Bhojpuri film. I laughed. People know my previous work. We argued but she wanted her own way. I just couldn’t understand,”
Krish asserted how after things started getting downhill once, it was just a slippery slope for him. Things just kept going from worse to worst. He finally added,
“When I spoke to them about the distortion of my name in the teaser, Kangana told me ‘You didn’t support me in the Sonu Sood episode. Aapko abhi zaroorat hai toh aaye ho.” She told me I have anger management issues (laughs), but it was she who was shouting at me. And now after seeing the film, I see my name again distorted and now in a separate slide!”
Clearly, Kangana here can be seen playing the wrong cards. This is not the first time that she has been accused of taking credits for something she doesn’t deserve. *coughs Simran*
But what do you think about this fiasco, do you think Kangana did the right thing or do you think Sonu Sood and the director Krish have been done wrong? Tell us in the comments section down below!