Fenil and Bollywood

I’ve lost a lot in life because of my nature-Nana Patekar

Posted on: November 3, 2009

Nana Patekar, who threw a temper tantrum on the sets of Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, admits having trouble controlling his temper

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 03, 2009)

 

Nana Patekar

Temperamental actor Nana Patekar’s heated argument with director Prakash Jha and his impulsive walkout from the sets of Rajneeti resulted in Nana’s ouster from the film. In an emotional plea for forgiveness, Nana admits he has an anger management problem. He says, “I know I get abusive, very abusive, when I’m angry. This isn’t the first time it has happened. I’ve repeatedly tried to curb my temper. But kya karoon? Main aisa hi hoon. I’ve lost a lot in life because of my nature.”

Although the actor empathises with Jha’s annoyance, he is hurt that he had to hear about Prakash’s grievances in the press. He adds, “We’re such old friends. What happened between us should’ve remained that way… Anyway, I completely understand Prakash’s anger. Maine uske saath bahut bura kiya.”

Reliving the incidents that led to the massive showdown in Bhopal on October 27, Nana says, “It all started with a song. Since I play an avatar of Lord Krishna, I had to do some singing for my character. My songs were recorded in Rashid Khan’s voice because I can’t sing to save my life. When I reached the location, I was told that the songs got erased by mistake. Hota hai aisa. All this is part of the shooting process.”

What got Nana’s goat is the fact that Prakash asked Nana to sing in place of Rashid Khan. “He said we’ll dub it later. But I was neither prepared nor was I equipped to sing. I argued, but Prakash wasn’t willing to listen. I called him to my van and took off on him. I admit I was very harsh, cruel, rude and abusive. But he knows how I am. He has accepted me as a friend with all my blemishes,” remarks Nana.

At this point, Nana breaks down. He admits he has a problem controlling his temper. He says, “Once I lose control, there’s no stopping me. What I’ve done with Jha is very wrong. He was reduced to tears. I’m unable to sleep since then. I’m willing to compensate him for his shooting losses. But I know nothing can compensate for my behaviour.”

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