There are reports of the two actresses Aditi Rao Hydari and Richa Chadda refusing to promote the film together.
Sudhir Mishra, who returns to direction after five years with Daas Dev, his revisionist adaptation of Saratchandra Chatterjee’s Devdas, says there are no catfights between his Chandramukhi and Paro.
However, of late, reports that are doing the rounds do not back the director’s claim. There are reports of the two actresses Aditi Rao Hydari and Richa Chadda refusing to promote the film together.
But Sudhir laughs off these reports of a rumoured conflict, arguing that fights between two leading actresses (Sharmila Tagore-Raakhee Gulzar in Daag, Mala Sinha-Sharmila Tagore in Humsaaya, Shabana Azmi-Smita Patil in Arth) are a thing of the past.
“Both Aditi and Richa are thorough professionals and love the film more than they love themselves, or their egos. So no, there is no conflict between them. The reason they won’t be promoting the film together is because Aditi will be shooting for Mani Ratnam in Hyderabad and Richa will be in Lucknow. So here’s what we will do. Aditi promotes the film on that side of the world, and Richa on this side. In this way we cover more territory, don’t you think?” reasons Sudhir.
So is Sudhir nervous about how audiences receive his film?
“Well, we are finally releasing the film on April 20, alongside Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds. Am I nervous? After 11 feature films, should I be nervous?” Sudhir winks.