Rajeev Masand’s latest blind item is about a bitchy director.
This bitchy director had managed to impress many with his skills. He directed & starred in a bonafide indie hit. He followed that up with several other indie hits. His success proved that audiences value content over stars. Sadly his movies started flopping & he was out of circulation. He has recently made a comeback of sorts. His recently made some critically acclaimed movies. What few know is that he was pursuing his MS in the US & left his cushy job for his true calling – directing movies.
There were rumors that he has been living in with his co-producer of many movies. She regularly features in his movies. But it seems they both don’t believe in the institution of marriage. The producer mentioned in the blind item on the other hand is rumored to have relationships with her female actors.
A well-known indie filmmaker who’s delivered a steady stream of ‘small’ films over the years was signed on to direct an ambitious web series for a top producer’s new online platform. It was an association that would benefit both parties. For the infamously controlling producer, working with a fiercely independent director would no doubt boost her street cred; for the filmmaker, it was just the kind of A-list ‘studio project’ that would look good on his CV.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. After considerable work on the project, which was originally conceptualised by the producer herself, the director reportedly ditched the gig citing “creative differences”. It put a lot of people in a difficult spot—including the star of the series, a promising indie actress who’d taken the job only to work with the director. But much of the shoot was already underway, and the producer quickly recruited a new director to keep the show running. For a while it seemed like things were okay.
Now with the show having recently launched and making quite a splash (the influential producer knows a thing or two about drumming up buzz), the estranged director has been telling anyone who’s willing to listen that what you see is his work, sadly uncredited. He’s been claiming everything people are praising about the show is his work; what’s ‘meh’ is the mess that was made after his departure. Word seems to have reached the producer, who sniggered at his claims. Sources say the director is especially cheesed off because he wasn’t paid commensurate to the work he’d put in, and was actually threatened by the producer to walk away quietly or be prepared to have ‘the pants sued off him’.
Indie filmmaker: Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer: Ekta Kapoor
Webseries: Test Case
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