Over the last few weeks Kangana grabbed quite a few eye balls thanks to her overtly blunt interviews which she gave while promoting her last film SIMRAN. However, as the film failed to have the kind of response the makers of the film were expecting there are speculations that this led to the makers of her next film MANIKARNIKA reducing the budget of their film.
A source close to the film was quoted saying in Bollywood Hungama as, “The reason why SIMRAN was an extremely important film for Kangana and she went all out to promote it was because the producers were fixing the budget according to the opening. Now that the film has not done well, there is talk that landing cost of the film (with P& A) which is Rs.80-crore (approx.) is very expensive and the budget will be reduced as the cost does not seem recoverable. Question also arises if post SIMRAN Kangana has the stardom to recover the cost. Historicals are very expensive and people expected SIMRAN to have a Rs.20 crore weekend which didn’t happen as it barely scraped across with Rs.10 crore.”
However, producer of MANIKARNIKA Kamal Jain refuting all such speculations was quoted saying as, “These stories are completely untrue. We have not reduced the budget at all and nor do we plan to in the future. I can’t reveal the budget but to put aside the rumours, when we started the film, it was immediately after the failure of RANGOON which was also an expensive period film. That was a bigger disaster as compared to SIMRAN and we started shooting for MANIKARNIKA immediately almost a month after the RANGOON disaster. So, when we were aware that Kangana had a disaster like RANGOON behind her and we went ahead with MANIKARNIKA, why should we reduce budget now?”
He further added, “As a producer the most important thing for me is a great subject, the story and then the talent. I have put a hugely talented team of National Award winners behind the subject. In today’s times when cinema has changed the most important focus should be on the subject which has to be larger-than-life and then comes the story, screenplay and dialogues which make the subject shine. Then you need to bring the best actors, technicians and actors into the film to make it larger. People might run behind top stars but with due respect to everyone, for me nothing else can excite me more than the subject. I always wanted to make this film with the best technician and talent because the subject needs huge talent.”
Well we hope that MANIKARNIKA turns out to be the hit which Kangana needs badly especially after the debacle of her two previous films RANGOON and SIMRAN.