Deepika Padukone walking out of Producer Ramesh Taurani‘s Race 2, unapologetically, after six days of shooting to join a (probably) more lucrative Hollywood gig is a risky business.
Bollywood is a small but powerful family business. And Ramesh is shouting it from the rooftops. He’s filed already a complaint with the Cine & TV Artists Association (CINTAA) and Association of Motion Pictures & TV Programme Producer of India (AMPTPP). The way she did it, ticked him off most, it seems. First she tells him she wants to talk to him and then she sends her agent instead. Not a good idea. But hey, we all make mistakes.
It looks like Deepika signed with Atul Kasbekar’s Bling! Entertainment, or I am not sure if this is her old management. Bling has some heavyweight clients like Abhishek Bachchan, Shahid and Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Madhavan, Vidya Balan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rahul Khanna… I wonder if a reputable management would really push her not to honor a previous contract. I doubt it. Too unprofessional. So it must be a new management firm. If it were Bling, wouldn’t it tarnish these other top actors?
And I am very curious to see which Hollywood production she might have signed up for. I like the ravishing looking Deepika and I can see how Hollywood producers could be rolling over to get her. But she better be sure who she risks her professional reputation for. What’s the cost… well, I wish her only the best and hope she’ll succeed. She is a wonderful talent and the sky is the limit.
Deepika Padukone didn’t even apologise after quitting ‘Race 2′ – Director
Filmmaker Ramesh Taurani is upset with actress Deepika Padukone for opting out of his “Race 2″ at the last moment following an offer for a Hollywood project and rues that she didn’t even apologise for her hasty retreat.
“I went to her shooting. We tried to reason it out with her. But she refused to even listen. Forget about anything else, she did not even apologise for her action. She seems to have no remorse” Taurani said in a statement.
The filmmaker says he is facing such crisis for the first time.
“I have been part of the Hindi cinema industry for 25 years. I have made several blockbusters. But I have never faced a situation like this before. Our directors and other actors are extremely annoyed with her,” Taurani said in a statement.
“Tips as a company in its last 25 years has never had a dispute with anyone. There is no single case in the association which involves us, it will be very sad and uncalled for if the matter goes to that level,” he added.
The actress, who had shot for a week for the film, is said to have backed out after being approached for a Hollywood project. Taurani was left fuming after learning that he was among the last to know about her decision.
“On January 27 people kept calling me asking whether Deepika was out of ‘Race 2′. I was clueless. I called her and asked her. She simply said that she would come to my office by 5 p.m. with her new manager to work out everything. At around 3 p.m., she called to say that she wouldn’t be able to keep the appointment. However, her manager would be present on her behalf,” said Taurani.
“Finally, when the manager arrived, he simply told me that Deepika wouldn’t be able to do our film. And that’s because she is doing a major Hollywood project,” he added.
Earlier, Sonakshi Sinha had walked out of the multi-starrer film and was replaced by Jaqueline Fernandes. The star cast of the film also includes Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel. – IANS
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This is an interesting article in the Economic Times:
Celebrity managers new bosses of Bollywood stars; turn actors into big moneyspinners
Deepika Padukone back in Race!
Saturday, February 18, 2012, 11:08 [IST]
In a surprising development, Deepika Padukone seems to be returning to much-hyped Race 2. The actress, who opted out of the film due to date issues, is likely to return to the forthcoming Hindi movie if the movie bosses agreed for all her conditions.
It is believed that bowing down to the demands of Ramesh Taurani, Deepika Padukone has reportedly agreed to return if the movie bosses agreed for her conditions. It is said that the actress has made several things clear to the filmmaker for which they are yet to give nods. However, the issues are expected to be resolved within next 48 hours.
It was started after Deepika Padukone preferred Rajinikanth’s next project Kochadaiyaan to Race 2, which has been delayed for various reasons. Irked by her decision, producer Ramesh Taurani took the issue to CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes’ Association).
Newest update of the Race2 saga: It’s Bollywood triumphing over Hollywood.