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Director patches up with Sunny and Akshay
By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Cold wars never last long in showbiz.
Apart from Aamir Khan, who is said to hold grudges interminably, most of the industry's professionals know which side of their bread needs to be buttered.
After seven long years of non-communication, director Suneel Darshan and Sunny Deol have called it a truce. The two were very close buddies when Suneel produced and directed "Ajay".
Thereafter, financial irregularities crept into Sunny's dealings with Darshan over the former's ill-fated production "London". Acrimonious thoughts and words were exchanged.
But now the two have sorted out their differences.
Says Darshan: "Yes, Sunny and I met. We spoke for two hours. It was a very emotional reunion. We had both been bitter inside about whatever happened between us. It was Dharamendra (Sunny's father)who showed us the way. I met him at a function two months ago and he said it was time Sunny and I got together again.
"We finally met recently. We didn't discuss work. But yes, I'm sure Sunny and I will come together professionally again. We've collaborated on a successful film and we can do it again."
All the speculation about Darshan's supposed fallout with his favourite actor Akshay Kumar is also about to end. Akshay will be directed by the filmmaker who provided the three major turning points in Akshay's career, "Jaanwar", "Ek Rishta: A Bond Of Love" and "Andaz".
Darshan will now direct Akshay in "Barsaat", which coincidentally was the title of the actor's wife Twinkle's debut film and which was produced by the Deols.
That isn't the end of Akshay's Deol connections. Not only is Bobby Akshay's buddy, but the two actors' wives, Tanya and Twinkle, are hosting a joint interior-decoration exhibition.
The song recordings by Nadeem-Shravan for Suneel Darshan's "Barsaat" have already begun. Akshay's dates are being worked out. The film is expected to be completed this year.
But now fresh trouble has erupted between him and an actor.
Darshan says he is quite shaken by Arjun Rampal's comments on the project that the director offered the actor.
"It's true that I wanted to sign Arjun for a film. We met and decided to work together. A few days later Arjun's secretary wanted to know if I was willing to pay a particular sum of money. I don't think Arjun deserves that kind of money. So I moved on. The next thing I know he's blasting me and my film. Not done.
"Arjun says my proposed film with him was a remake of two American films. I've a proven record of successes, and none of them has been copied from outside sources. So why would I begin to do so now?"
Arjun, however, says he has every right to say yes or no to an offer.