New Delhi: Director Anurag Basu is no newcomer to turbulent productions. While his latest release Ludo received mix responses from the critics, his 2017 film Jagga Jasoos failed in impressing audience. Jagga Jasoos starring the likes of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif had much expectations but turned out to be a disaster. In an interview, Ranbir Kapoor, who had produced the film, called it the worst business decision he has made.
In the recent, Anurag has spoken about the film in an interview with Mid Day. He also opened about all the challenges he faced while making the musical and also spoke about the contentious removal of Govinda from the final film.
He said, “Govindaji did come with us, with such delays already with the shoot, [there was confusion] if Govindaji is coming on the set, or is he cancelling the flight, or is he taking the fight, or are we cancelling shoot? It was so unpredictable. I couldn’t have taken that stress, yaar. We were shooting outdoor in South Africa, everything was lined up. I just had to [let go of him].”
Meanwhile, back in July 2017, Govinda had fretted about his removal and wrote many things on his Twitter account. “I did my job as an actor and if the director is not happy it’s completely his call,” he had written. “There were various negative stories and negative articles only for Govinda and that’s how the film was remembered for three years. I was unwell and on drips but still, I travelled to South Africa and did my shoot. I was told they will narrate the film in South Africa and I dint even charge my signing amount, made no contracts. I gave full respect to the Kapoor family. I did the film because he is my senior’s son. I was told I will get the script.”
As a producer, Ranbir took all the responsibility and told DNA, “Unfortunately, the entire track has been chopped off; it is our fault, Basu and mine. We had started this film prematurely, without a complete script. The character had completely changed, and the film was taking so long.” He further said, “It is very irresponsible and very unfair to cast a great legend like Govinda and not do justice to his role. We are apologetic, but it is the best thing for the film so we had to cut that track out.”
Director has also admitted with Mid-day that Ranbir was busy to promote his four films at that time and he should ask him to focus on the film. “We could have finished a year before. There is not a single thing I can pinpoint [for what went wrong]. Ranbir [the lead] was shooting and promoting four films [Besharam, Bombay Velvet, Roy, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil] during this time. I could have put my foot down and requested him not to. But then, Pritam also wanted time to make music. I didn’t know where to balance. Even after all this time, we were rushing with post-production, five months before release!” he said.