Baaghi 3 director Ahmed Khan had suggested in a recent interview that the Kangana Ranaut film had been shelved.
Director slams Ahmed Khan's claim of Dhaakad shutdown, to issue legal notice
Mumbai - 11 Mar 2020 17:00 IST
Updated : 19:30 IST
Dhaakad (2020) director Razneesh Ghai has denied claims of the Kangana Ranaut film being shelved.
The director came out strongly against Baaghi 3 (2020) director Ahmed Khan's recent claim that Dhaakad had been shelved following Ranaut's Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi (2019).
Ghai even said his office might sue Khan for the statement.
In an interview with the Navbharat Times newspaper, Ahmed Khan had referred to the average box-office performance of Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi as an example of prominent woman-orientated films not doing well at the box office.
According to the newspaper's website, Khan said, "There were five more films being made along the lines of Manikarnika, but seeing its performance those ideas were dropped. Later, Dhaakad was announced with Kangana [Ranaut]. The film's teaser also came out, which was very good, but seeing the performance of Manikarnika, it was shelved."
Dhaakad was announced on 9 July 2019 and the teaser was released a month later, on 9 August. While the film was scheduled for release during the Diwali weekend of 2020, it has since been sidelined. Ranaut recently began working on Thalaivi, the biopic of the late actress-turned-Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, and put on weight for the role.
As for reports of Dhaakad being shelved, director Razneesh Ghai has come forth to deny them. In a statement on social media, the director rubbished Ahmed Khan's claim and said he is thinking of sending the director a legal notice.
https://t.co/trEaFMOuxb Statements reported in this article by Ahmed Khan are absolutely false.A legal notice will be issued from our lawyers.The delusional statements and negativity is completely uncalled for.DHAAKAD is currently in pre-production and will go on floors this June— Razneesh 'Razy' Ghai (@RazyGhai) March 11, 2020
Meanwhile, Ranaut's manager, sister Rangoli Chandel, tweeted that Ahmed Khan had called up to 'apologize' to Ranaut for the statement being misconstrued.
Kangana just called she told me Ahmad Khan called her and apologised and said he didn’t anything everything was made up..... bolo...so clearly chillars ki phat bhi jati hai easily...himmat nahin hai to stand by what you say aab aison ko kya kahein jo aake rone lage 🤦🏻♀️— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) March 11, 2020
However, she also claimed that Razneesh Ghai would be sending the Baaghi 3 director a legal notice as 'he deserves one'.