Akshay Kumar irks Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt is not too happy with the way Blue is shaping up. The film, an underwater thriller also stars Akshay Kumar and Zayed Khan.
According to a source from the film, trouble began during the first schedule of the film in the Bahamas. Dutt was uncomfortable with Akshay Kumar’s demeanour on the sets and felt he was getting the short end of the stick.
First-timer Anthony D Souza didn’t appear to have his act together and Akki would often be seen guiding him, which irked Dutt. In the past too, the two actors had a rocky working relationship, during Amaanat (1994) This time though, Sanjay voiced his doubts to his other co-star Zayed. Things came to a point where Sanju was reluctant to give dates for the Bangkok schedule, which is on presently. The actor didn’t want to be a part of the movie at all and had told the makers that he didn’t want his name in the credits. Finally, the director and Ashtavinayak’s Dhilin Mehta sat Sanju down and cleared all his misgivings. Sanju was to join the unit last week but now is leaving today.”
According to the source, Sanju had instructed his business manager Dharam Oberoi not to give any more dates for the movie to the production house, “But Ashtavinayak recently gifted an expensive watch worth Rs 15 lakh to Oberoi, following which the date problem was sorted out.”
Dharam denies any problem with the two lead actors, “Akshay has been very sweet and keeps calling Sanju paaji. There are no problems with him. Sanju is very happy with the director. These rumours must have started because Akshay has a reputation of interfering with and cut the scenes of his co-stars. I had heard there was a similar problem with Akshay and Sanju in Amaanat but I don’t know exactly what it was. Baba is leaving for Bangkok today for Blue till September 18 after which he will shoot for a song with Lara.”
An Ashtavinayak spokesperson says, “Shooting is going as per schedule and Sanjay Dutt will join us on August 24 and Akshay will join on August 26. Both share a cordial relationship on the sets.”
Sanjay Dutt says, “I am leaving for Bangkok on August 22 so no problems.” Dutt adds “Akshay never tried to extend anything. He is a good man and we have no problems.”