If it wasn’t for director Abhishek Kapoor’s insistence through legal redressal, Sara would have ended up with Simmba , where she has nothing to do except be a decorative doll, as her debut film.
Those who have seen this year’s vivacious debutante Sara Ali Khan in her post-debut film Simmba are wondering how she agreed to be part of a film where she has nothing to do except glorify the hero’s status as a khaki-clad hee-hee-man.
In contrast, Sara had as powerful a role as Sushant Singh Rajput in Kedarnath, if not more.She played a spirited, self-willed girl with a mind of her own who had little patience with simpering and dancing.
The exact opposite of her decorative-doll status in Simmba.
And to think Sara actually wanted Simmba to be her first release after Kedarnath got into a legal mess over production rights.
Director Abhishek Kapoor reveals for the first time how he had to take his debutante heroine Sara Ali Khan to court to stop Simmba from being her first release.
Says Abhishek, “Sara has no clue what I’ve been through to finally complete the film and ensure that she rocks in it.Yes ,my producer Ronnie Screwvala and I had to go to court. Then we met Rohit Shetty(the Simmba director) and sorted the dates out.”
And to think that Abhishek could have walked away from Kedarnath when things got messy.
Admits Abhishek, “It is true. I was paid my full free upfront when I started this film.When the shit hit the ceiling I could’ve just walked away with my remuneration with not a care in the world.But I chose to not abandon the project. I pulled it out of the crisis.And then when Simmba instead of Kedaranath was being called out as Sara’s debut release I fought a battle with Sara a in court and then pulled up the release of Kedarnath ahead of schedule in December, which was logistically a crazy thing to do.”
How did Abhishek pull it off? “I don’t know.Probably Lord Shiva’s blessings. I made Kedarnath as a proud Hindu. The gods must have blessed the project.”