Wednesday Director Neeraj Pandey Making A Web Show On A Dreaded Terrorist For Hotstar?
Neeraj Pandey has got drawn to web shows. We have it that he is making a series on a dreaded terrorist. The show is for Hotstar and needless to add, his business partner Shital Bhatia has joined hands with him
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We contacted the director but he chose not to respond. Pandey’s filmography boasts of movies like A Wednesday, Special 26, Baby, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Aiyaary, to name a few. So, his knack for picking realistic subjects on gripping issues has mostly paid off. We won’t be surprised that his web series attempt is also fruitfully rewarded because that’s his space, his genre.
The director made it to headlines this year for one of his short films titled Laddoo which got embroiled in a plagiarism controversy. Filmmaker Ajay Dhama had reached out to Mumbai Mirror earlier this year alleging that the makers had stolen the idea from his film In The Name Of God. “Someone sent me a link of Laddoo’s trailer on Wednesday and after seeing the entire short, I was shocked because it’s a direct lift from my film’s trailer which I uploaded online in 2016. More than 150 people on Facebook, including a few actors and technicians had shared it back then,” informed Ajay, pointing out that even the name of the young protagonist in the new short is the same, Rahul.
The producer told the tabloid, “We have reached out to Mr Ajay Dhama and asked him to show his film and script. Obviously, we had absolutely no clue about his film. Laddoo, which is written and directed by Sameer and Kishor Sadhwani, is presented by us to encourage and promote first-time filmmakers. They came to us with this concept and story, which was supported by us. As responsible storytellers we take such claims very seriously and would appreciate it if people refrained from jumping to conclusions.”