Now it can be told. The harrowing story of Sooraj Pancholi’s boycott by the entertainment industry.
Several prominent production companies including major streaming platforms had put Sooraj on the blacklist.
A prominent filmmaker spills the beans, “When I wanted to sign Sooraj for my project, the OTT brand which produced the project put its foot down saying they have a policy of not working with any actor or technician who is in undertrial. I argued that Sanjay Dutt was getting ample work even when out on a bail. But they were adamant. I had no choice but to drop the idea.”
Another source reveals, “There was definitely an unofficial ban on that boy(Sooraj). No one was saying it out loud. But it was an unstated fact that Sooraj was seen as a potential trouble zone. ‘What if his bail is cancelled tomorrow?’ I was asked when I was considering him for a role.
A filmmaker who has worked with Sooraj says there was no pressure on him to not sign Sooraj. “But I was repeatedly asked why I was courting trouble? My answer was simple. No one knows about tomorrow.And that applies to everyone. When Divya Bharti died suddenly she left many projects unfinished.Bail or kismet, both can be cancelled without warning.”