At today, we brought you the director Kushan Nandy's business partner Kiran Shroff alleging that they had a torrid time working with Chitrangda (Chitrangda wanted to wear low-cut blouses, Kushan wasn't outrageous in his directives: Nandy's business partner Kiran, June 13).
We told you in that story that Chitrangda's version on record would seal the controversy. Expect SpotboyE to always deliver what is required. The shy and reticent Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi actress lives up to the need of the hour. Excerpts from the conversation that followed:
Are you doing Babumoshai Bandookbaaz?
Not anymore. I quit the film in Lucknow and returned to Mumbai yesterday.
Kushan and Kiran are very upset with you. Kiran says that you wanted to remove one button of your blouse and use a pin instead?
That's right, but she is twisting that to her advantage. I did say that we should do away with one button in my blouse and use a pin instead, but that was simply because I was playing a very poor woman in the film. I only wanted my attire to look authentic. It was a creative conversation that we were having with each other. I was not doing it to look seductive.
Who is this woman Kiran Shroff? I found her so weird. She sits in front of the monitor, decides how many takes should be taken, and even okays the shot.
Let's quickly go to the all-important question. Kiran says that you weren't performing well in the intimate scene with Nawaz...
We finished the shot and Kushan said that he didn't like it. He wanted me to lie on top of Nawaz. Now let me tell you that I was wearing a petticoat for that scene.
I turned around to tell Kushan about my predicament. I told him: 'Ho toh gaya. Kyun kar raha hai aise? Please try to understand that I am wearing a
petticoat. But, he was in no mood to listen and we ended up having a big, loud argument.
And wait till you hear this! A few minutes later he went and told Nawaz that we had shot the intimate scene very well!! Can you beat that?
Then what happened?
Nawaz and I sat down for a long chat till . He said that Kushan had been telling him that he'll get some other heroine. Frankly, Nawaz was quite bewildered.
Kushan wanted you to shoot the intimate scene again?
Yes. And he said that I should do it bindaas. What is a bindaas woman? One who wears a petticoat and jumps on a man?(pauses).
Kushan argued that my character in the film is that of a poor woman who goes a tad wild. Does being wild mean that she will start humping her man every time she sees him?
Did you tell Kushan that?
Of course, I did.
And I surely couldn't have been doing that again and again and again.
What does that 'again and again and again' mean?
We had already shot a montage where Kushan wanted me to do something similar. Nawaz and I had also kissed in that montage, and now Kushan wanted a 7-second kiss in the intimate scene. Even Nawaz told him 'Kiss kiya toh hai, ab kya chahiye Kushan?' Kiran interfered and I turned around to tell her: Who are you to explain my scene to me? That woman decided almost everything on the set, even the nose ring that I wore. She takes the final call on clothes too. She interfered in the intimate scene and said that she wants a long smooch between Nawaz and me. I couldn't take it lying down and I questioned them that who's the director: Kushan or Kiran? Kushan became embarrassed and asked her to leave. She is mighty pissed with me, I guess.
Kiran also told us that you wanted to change the film's ending...
I did not demand any changes. We did have creative discussions though.
Kiran has accused you of reporting late on the sets...
I was never late. In fact, there were days when I waited 4 hours for the shoot to begin.
Kiran then said that you were sending messages to Nawaz that you wanted to return to the film...
Not at all. In fact, Nawaz called me when I was headed to the airport. He asked me to return. And do you know what I told him?
I told him: Speak to Kushan and if he sees my viewpoint, I am still 30 minutes away from the airport and ready to come back. But Kushan did not revert.
What did you tell Kushan in the end?
You must make a film that you want to make. You are the director. Please go ahead and put your vision on celluloid.
Would you term Babumoshai Bandookbaaz as a 'traumatic experience'?
Yes. Kushan and I were so good with each other before we started the Lucknow schedule. I stood by him when the film ran into rough weather in West Bengal last year. Some payments have still not been made on that front.
I even got to know that the think tank of the film felt that I shouldn't have been told what they were expecting me to wear, but rather given the outfits only an hour or two before the shoots. Oh, why were they so fishy?
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