Chehre producer Anand Pandit says the workforce steered away from mentioning Rhea Chakraborty’s title in the upcoming film till its trailer launch as they wished to give the actor some space from public scrutiny. The omission of Chakraborty’s title from the solid had raised some eyebrows when the film’s launch date was introduced earlier this 12 months, however Pandit mentioned it was not as a result of they have been fearful about any backlash.
The 28-year-old actor discovered herself in the center of a storm when she was arrested final September by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in reference to its probe into the medication angle associated to the case of demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, her boyfriend.
Chakraborty was subjected to a scathing social media trial — from demise threats to fixed vilification of her household — which a lot of her colleagues from the trade additionally criticised.
She is ready to return to the display with the upcoming thriller “Chehre”, additionally starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi.
When the film’s launch date was revealed in February, the makers had averted naming Chakraborty in the promotional supplies, with the actor not even being tagged by any of the solid members throughout the announcement.
“I wasn’t worried about the backlash at all, I wanted to give space to her. The poor girl has gone through so much turmoil in her life. I didn’t want to give it back to her, by adding her name,” Pandit informed PTI in an interview.
“But when she was comfortable, I told her during trailer (launch), we will start promoting your name and visuals,” the producer mentioned.
The trailer of “Chehre”, directed by Rumy Jafry, featured Chakraborty in a fleeting look, thus quashing studies that her function in the film had been chopped off.
Subsequently, she was additionally tagged on social media by the solid and the makers when the trailer was launched final week. When rumours have been rife that the workforce had axed Chakraborty”s function or have changed her, Pandit mentioned he was unaffected.
“My focus was on my film. There are eight artists, ranging from Mr Bachchan to Emraan. My focus was on my lead(s). I wasn’t fearful about every other controversy about different artistes.
“My conscience was clear that Rhea is there in the film and will continue to remain, so there was no point answering to speculations,” he added.
Annu Kapoor, Krystle D’Souza, Drithiman Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav and Siddhanth Kapoor additionally star in the mystery-thriller, backed by Anand Pandit Motion Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited.
The film was earlier scheduled to be launched in July 2020 however was pushed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Chehre” is now gearing up to open in theatres on April 9.
April might be a packed month for Pandit, whose two different productions additionally launch the identical weekend.
His Abhishek Bachchan-starrer “The Big Bull”, is heading to Disney+ Hotstar VIP to launch on April 8, whereas his Marathi film “Well Done Baby” will premiere on April 9 on Amazon Prime Video.
Pandit mentioned he at all times wished a theatrical launch for “Chehre”, however the scenario was totally different with “The Big Bull”, which is reportedly based mostly on stockbroker Harshad Mehta’s story.
“Ajay Devgn and I are collectively producing the film. Because Ajay has a contract with Disney, they wished some content material for his or her platform. They requested him to give two-three movies.
“So he gave one of his other films to them and we thought we can give ”The Big Bull” too. As far as ”Chehre” was concerned, I was committed to bringing it only on the big screen.”
Directed by Kookie Gulati, “The Big Bull” is a part of the Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex slate, which was introduced final 12 months. It additionally contains Devgn-starrer “Bhuj: The Pride of India”.