Fenil and Bollywood

Verbal spat between Salman and makers of Veer?

Posted on: January 13, 2010

Salman Khan suggested changes in Veer after watching the rough print, the makers obstinately refused, an ugly verbal spat resulted

By Sonal Chawla (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 12, 2010)

// // // As the release of Veer is inching closer (January 22), Salman Khan is out to ensure that there are no loopholes in the film. Veer is close to the actor’s heart as he is the lead actor-cum-scriptwriter. So Salman suggested a few changes after watching the rough print of the film. However, the filmmakers were in no mood to comply, resulting in an ugly, verbal spat between them.

A source says, “Salman had been writing the script of Veer over the years. The film is his baby and he is personally involved in every aspect. On Friday night, while watching the rough print of the film, Salman was a tad disappointed with the end product. He was unhappy with the length and wanted it to be cut short by a few minutes. He understands that today’s audience does not have the patience to watch a lengthy film. Also, there were certain scenes in this epic film which required technical changes with regards to the colour scheme. Salman explained it to the producer and director but they were adamant about leaving the colour gradient as it is. What started as a discussion finally led to a full-blown argument, resulting in an ugly, verbal spat between the actor on one side and the producer and director on the other.”

Veer

Director Anil Sharma denied any such argument. He says, “I have just landed in Mumbai from Delhi. I am not aware of any such thing. The final print is not even out, so how can one watch the film? It will be out in a couple of days since editing and several other technicalities are still under process.”

However, producer Vijay Galani confirmed the news but brushed off the issue lightly. He says, “Those were creative discussions. A certain portion of the film was shown to Salman and we had a discussion between Anilji, Salman and me regarding the colour gradient. It is Salman’s film and he will naturally give inputs. There was no verbal spat.”

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