There seems to be some serious dissent brewing in the ranks of the Thackeray team. According to sources the director Abhijeet Panse and the film’s helmer architect and co-producer Sanjay Raut have been “off the same page” for some time now.
Apparently Panse feels his role and function in the making of the Thackeray bio-pic was being undermined.
Says an informed source, “Panse as the director of the bio-pic felt he had the right to be treated as the project’s helmer.Sanjay Raut, on the other hand, considers himself the backbone of the project, and behaves as such. There was constant friction between the two.”
The conflict erupted into open rebellion on Tuesday evening at a special screening of Thackeray where the director and his family walked out without seeing the film.
A core member of the team informs, “There was a larger audience at the screening than expected. I think Sanjay Rautjiallotted (director) Abhijeet Penseji’s seats to some other guests at the last minute. When Abhijeetji was informed that he and his family would have to sit in the front row a heated argument broke out between Penseji and Rautji. After thisPense walked out with his family without seeing the film.”
Coincidentally the director of this week’s other bio-pic Manikarnika also walked out on his producer. But that’s another story.