Sairat is Marathi cinema’s biggest success to date. But its lowkey director Nagraj Manjule has not had much luck since the blockbuster happened.
Immediately after the film’s grand success he was verbally attacked for domestic abuse and financial aberrancy by his former wife.
Shy and shocked Manjule went into a shell.
“Destiny had other plans for my success. I got no chance to enjoy it. I didn’t know what hit me,” Nagraj Manjule said to me. His shock at being targeted at a time when his career took off in a big way multiplied when Karan Johar took over the Hindi remake rights of Sairat, signed Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor for the lead and shockingly. did not ask Nagraj Manjule to direct the remake.
Instead Karan Johar got his inhouse direcror Shashank Khaitan to helm the Sairat remake re-named Dhadak.
But Nagraj moved on. He launched his first Hindi film Jhund with the biggest star of them all Amitabh Bachchan to play Vijay Barse, the Nagpur based football coach who coaches slum kids to play the game.
Both Bachchan Saab and Manjule were kicked about the football film. Mr B started taking a fresh course in soccer from his son Abhishek.
Then it all fell apart. Apparently there are copyright-infringement issues making it impossible for Manjule to go ahead until matters are sorted out.
A source close to the development says chances of Jhund being made are remote. “Amitji waited patiently for the problems to be sorted out. A lot of his dates were lost in the process of waiting. He has now moved on.”