Abhishek Kapoor (Gattu) has had another fallout- this time with KriArj Entertainment & T-Series!
KriArj Entertainment, who are fast gaining the reputation of backing some of the biggest blockbusters and music giants and production house T-Series announced their association with Kedarnath directed by Gattu, sometime ago. The first schedule is complete.
While there has been ample speculation surrounding the severing of this partnership since some time, official sources now confirm that KriArj Entertainment and T-Series faced major financial and creative differences with the filmmaker.
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This comes as no surprise especially since Gattu has a history of fallouts through the span of his professional career. The filmmaker was earlier involved in spats with Excel Entertainment's head honcho Farhan Akhtar (during Rock On!!), veteran superstar Rekha (Fitoor) and filmmaker Apoorva Lakhia among others.
Gattu's broken bridge with Farhan has still not mended (Farhan didn't sign him for Rock On 2). On one hand, Pubali Chaudhuri had claimed that she was working closely with Excel producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan on the sequel --- but on the other hand, Gattu cried 'foul' and jumped onto the bandwagon citing copyright issues.
As for his fracas with Rekha, he had a complete "collapse of communication". Rekha could not understand his interpretation of her character in Fitoor (which went on to become a colossal disaster), neither was she happy with her look in the film. Gattu was so obstinate that he refused to even understand her.
Sources reveal that owing to his history and lack of professionalism , the film had no takers until KriArj Entertainment came on board to produce the film.
The new-age studio, who shares a great equation with T-Series later brought them on board as well, to look after other aspects like the music, digital, satellite and cable rights.
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However, both the studios were wary of Gattu's interference in their financial decisions and his constant delays in shooting the film. The film was going grossly over-budget; Gattu's planning was completely unprofessional and disorganized as the entire production was being handled by his company Guy In the Sky Pictures.
Says an insider, "KriArj Entertainment and T-Series decided to come on board since they believed in the film and Gattu's vision. However, as Kedarnath unfolded, several issues pertaining to the dates of the talent, prep time and delays in the film's delivery began cropping up.
Gattu replaced several crew members and technicians at the very last minute and Gattu's demands became unreasonable by the day.
He not only delayed the shoot of the film by six months but also majorly interfered in the film's financial planning and overall business workings. Gattu also demanded that a higher price be quoted for the music rights and this despite T-Series being the music moghuls and the best in the music industry".
Adds the source, "Deciding a film's release date should be the producers call since they are the one's investing huge sums into the project. However, Gattu interfered in that as well.
He went on to announce a release date on Twitter without consulting KriArj Entertainment who were against releasing the film on that date, since it was clashing with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero. (Dec 21.) KriArj having immense respect for SRK averted the situation by deciding that they will shift Kedarnath to another date.
There were also rumors of Abhishek Kapoor not allowing KriArj to sign Sara Ali Khan which they were in talks for, so much so that the studio was driven to drop the film.
It came to a point where the makers refused to put up with Gattu's arm-twisting."
SpotboyE.com has it that for now, Kedarnath is on hold until everything is clear on papers.
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