The filmmaker Anurag Basu was expecting really high from his last film Jagga Jasoos starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. But the movie has not shinned too brightly at the box-office. The film also marked Ranbir Kapoor’s comeback with Anurag Basu after Barfi. Jagga Jasoos was ruined at the box-office and sparked a debate on who should be blamed for the tragedy. Recently, Ranbir Kapoor’s outspoken father, Rishi Kapoor lashed out on Anurag Basu for being ‘irresponsible’ director.
In an interview, Rishi Kapoor said:
“Neetu and I saw the film on Thursday, only a day ahead of the release. Till Wednesday, Anurag Basu was still mixing the film. Can you imagine that? Pritam (composer) probably delivered the music only a week before. What can you say? You don’t take an opinion from anybody. Today’s filmmakers are doing this with everybody. They don’t show their films before release to take opinions and treat it as though they’re making a nuclear bomb. I didn’t hate or love the film.”
He explained why he finds Anurag Basu irresponsible:
“I only felt it needed to be abridged by 20 minutes. But who is going to give that opinion to them? I totally agree with Ekta (Kapoor) when she threw him out from her film. He had problems with Rakesh Roshan while working on Kites (2010). He’s such an irresponsible director that he doesn’t complete the film. It was supposed to release three times in the past two years, but it kept getting delayed.”
Furthermore, a prominent member of the film’s cast told the reporters:
“We knew it was coming. Rishi Kapoor had been ranting against Anurag to anyone who was remotely connected with Jagga Jasoos. He had even threatened to beat up Anurag if he ever showed his face to him. He thinks today Anurag is an ‘irresponsible director’. I am sure he would have seemed like a responsible director had Jagga Jasoos been a hit.”
The sources added:
“As far as Anurag not showing his film to Rishi Kapoor is concerned Sanjay Leela Bhansali did not show a frame of Ranbir’s debut film Saawariya to him or anyone else. Recently, Rishi was venting against Shakun Batra for his working style in Kapoor & Sons. But the minute the audience accepted the film Rishi changed his tune. Sadly, Rishi has also brought in Ekta Kapoor, Rakesh Roshan and Govinda to argue his case against Anurag.”
On this, co-producer of Jagga Jasoos, Bimal Parekh said:
“What Mr. Kapoor has to say about Anurag Basu is his opinion. He is entitled to it. We’ve received extremely polarized views on Jagga Jasoos. Many have loved it, but just as many have hated it. I don’t know how much losses the film will run into, but I am proud to be associated with it.”
Anurag Basu maintained silence and said:
“I want to avoid making any comments against a senior who also happens to be my friend’s dad.”
Now, finally, Anurag Basu broke his silence. He has reacted to all the criticism he’s been facing for the movie. But in his tweets, he hasn’t named anybody.
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