Kangana Ranaut on Sonu Sood's exit from 'Manikarnika': He denied working under a woman director

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 31, 2018, 06:55 PM(IST)

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As Sonu Sood announced that he longer would be a part of 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi', rumours of a massive showdown between Sood and Kangana Ranaut on the film's set started doing the rounds. 
Kangana has donned the director's hat to complete the patchwork of the film as the film's director Krish has got busy with another film. The actress had demanded reshooting of few scenes that featured Sonu and the actor could not work on it as he has gotten busy with Rohit Shetty's 'Simmba'. 

Rumours had it that the actor had a huge showdown with Kangana on the sets following which he decided to leave the film. The actress has refuted the news but confirmed Sood's exit from the film. 
Speaking to a daily, the actress said, " “When I never met him, never directed him, when did I have this showdown?”

In a statement, the 'Manikarnika' actor said, “Sonu and I haven’t even met since the last shot with Krish (director) last year. He is busy filming 'Simmba'. He couldn’t even give us tentative dates to match combinations with other actors. The producers showed him the film and writers narrated the patchwork to him. He refused to meet me. He vehemently denied to work under a woman director, which is kind of amusing because Sonu is a dear friend and I have even launched the music of a film that he produced at his request. Even though the team suggested that they have full faith in me, it seems, Sonu had neither dates nor faith."

Sonu's role will now be played by Zeeshan Ayyub, Kangana confirmed. "And when I last spoke to him, he suggested that I can go ahead with someone else and when I narrated the script to Zeeshan Ayyub, he called the studio and gave the dates. By that time, it was too late as Zeeshan gave me dates for September. Now I hear I had a showdown with him. When I never met him, never directed him, when did I have this showdown?” Kangana added.

Sonu's spokesperson meanwhile stated, " Sonu has always been a thorough professional and honoured all his commitments. He had informed the makers of 'Manikarnika' about his dates and schedule well in advance. Inconveniencing the team of his current film to accommodate the demands of another are against his professional principles."

'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' is scheduled to release on 25th January 2019. 

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