‘Jagga Jasoos’ disaster: Rishi Kapoor lashes out at Anurag Basu


Rishi Kapoor has taken a toll at director Anurag Basu for ‘Jagga Jasoos’ disaster. The outspoken actor lashes out at Anurag for being irresponsible with money and time. The veteran actor blamed Anurag for delaying the film.

Rishi Kapoor holds Anurag responsible for ‘Jagga Jasoos’ disaster. Talking to mid-day, he said, “That's not true. Honestly, Neetu [wife] and I saw the film on Thursday, only a day ahead of the release. Till Wednesday, Anurag Basu was still mixing the film. Can you imagine that? Pritam [composer] probably delivered the music only a week before. What can you say? You (here, Basu) don't take an opinion from anybody. Today's filmmakers are doing this with everybody”.

“They don't show their films before release to take opinions, and treat it as though they're making a nuclear bomb. I didn't hate or love the film. I only felt it needed to be abridged by 20 minutes. But who is going to give that opinion to them? I totally agree with Ekta [Kapoor] when she threw him out from her film. He had problems with Rakesh Roshan while working on Kites (2010). He's such an irresponsible director that he doesn't complete the film. It was supposed to release three times in the past two years, but it kept getting delayed”, Rishi Kapoor quips.

Ranbir is the producer of ‘Jagga Jasoos’ and due to its failure, his son had to incur huge money, he said, “Sometimes, Ranbir's films do well, sometimes, they don't. But here, Ranbir is the producer too, and his neck is in the noose. Who the hell are you [Basu] to do all this? It is ridiculous that a producer hadn't seen his product a day ahead of the film's release. You may be the biggest director in the world but nobody would like to work with you because you are irresponsible. There is somebody else's money involved in this. I trusted you, and this is what you give us? Ranbir hasn't held back on spending money on it. You even threw Govinda out of the film. If you don't want Govinda to work in your film, why did you ask him in the first place? Iss sab mein Ranbir ka naam toh kharaab hoga, aur kya? Mera kharaab hoga! (With these developments, it's Ranbir and my name that's gathered negative limelight)”.

As the film was not ready before time, the film could not be released in Singapore and in the Gulf, Rishi Kapoor said, “It did not release in Singapore because you have to deliver it five days in advance. It did not release in the Gulf on Thursday because it was only delivered to them on Thursday. This is unreasonable and irresponsible. You may be thinking you are making the Taj Mahal, but you are supposed to make it ready on time. Even Pritam delays his submissions. [It was later promoted as] a kids' film. But, a kids' film also has to release at the right time, like during the school vacations. At that time too, Anurag Basu  wasn't ready. There's economics and maths involved. Everything is not just about creativity”.

In the first week, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Jagga Jasoos’ only garnered Rs 43.75 crore in its first week.