Actor Chitrangda Singh walked out of director Kushan Nandy and his business partner Kiran Shroff’s film, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, claiming she was traumatised on the sets. According to an interview on entertainment website SpotboyE.com, the actor explains how she was asked to reshoot an intimate scene with her co-actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui several times despite being uncomfortable. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Let’s quickly go to the all-important question. Kiran says that you weren’t performing well in the intimate scene with Nawaz…
We finished the shot and Kushan said that he didn’t like it. He wanted me to lie on top of Nawaz. Now let me tell you that I was wearing a petticoat for that scene.I turned around to tell Kushan about my predicament. I told him: ‘Ho toh gaya. Kyun kar raha hai aise? Please try to understand that I am wearing a petticoat.’ But, he was in no mood to listen and we ended up having a big, loud argument.
A few minutes later he went and told Nawaz that we had shot the intimate scene very well, can you beat that?
Kushan wanted you to shoot the intimate scene again?
Yes. And he said that I should do it bindaas. What is a bindaas woman? One who wears a petticoat and jumps on a man?(pauses)…Kushan argued that my character in the film is that of a poor woman who goes a tad wild. Does being wild mean that she will start humping her man every time she sees him?…And I surely couldn’t have been doing that again and again and again.
What does that ‘again and again and again’ mean?
We had already shot a montage where Kushan wanted me to do something similar. Nawaz and I had also kissed in that montage, and now Kushan wanted a seve-second kiss in the intimate scene. Even Nawaz told him ‘Kiss kiya toh hai, ab kya chahiye Kushan?’ Kiran interfered and I turned around to tell her: Who are you to explain my scene to me? That woman decided almost everything on the set, even the nose ring that I wore. She takes the final call on clothes too. She interfered in the intimate scene and said that she wants a long smooch between Nawaz and me. I couldn’t take it lying down and I questioned them that who’s the director: Kushan or Kiran? Kushan became embarrassed and asked her to leave. She is mighty pissed with me, I guess.
Would you term Babumoshai Bandookbaaz as a ‘traumatic experience’?
Yes. Kushan and I were so good with each other before we started the Lucknow schedule. I stood by him when the film ran into rough weather in West Bengal last year. Some payments have still not been made on that front.
I even got to know that the think tank of the film felt that I shouldn’t have been told what they were expecting me to wear, but rather given the outfits only an hour or two before the shot. Oh, why were they so fishy?
Here is the director’s version
Kushan and Kiran claim that Chitrangda has been spreading lies about them, after returning to Mumbai. In her interview to SpotboyE.com, Kiran gave the director’s version.
“I think that I need to speak out now. I am going on record. Chitrangda’s allegations are untrue,” she says, adding that the actor was keen to make changes in the script. “Let me emphasise that we will not change the climax as per anybody’s demand. Add this to the fact that she started reporting late on the set from Day 3. I had no problems with her last year when we shot a schedule with her in West Bengal. If I had, I wouldn’t have brought her to Lucknow.”
Talking about Chitrangda’s claims about being uncomfortable in the clothes she was made to wear, Kiran says that it was the actor’s idea. “In fact, Chitrangda was the one who suggested that she wanted to wear a low-cut blouse. She told us that it would be apt for the scene where Nawaz sees me for the first time and gets enamoured by me. She also said that she wanted to tear off one button from her blouse and fix a pin there.”
The actor also claims that Kushan was not happy with an intimate scene and kept coaxing her to “get on top of Nawaz”. However, Kiran says, “The worst is her allegation against Kushan that he told her ‘Get on top of Nawaz, Tange ragdo’. It was just that Chitrangda wasn’t getting the scene right. We have a great script and for Chitrangda’s information, we are not making any erotic film as she’s imagining. We never made one till date, so why make one now?”