Sushmita Sen refuses to promote Kalpana Lazmi’s Chingari

Former Ms. Universe and present day actress is not ready to co-operate with Kalpana Lazmi to promote her much awaited film, Chingari. The film was supposed to be released in December 2005 but has now been postponed to January of next year and may even be pushed back further.
“I don’t know when I’ll be able to release my film…I can’t, until my leading lady Sushmita Sen decides to promote and project the film.” And why is it so important for Sushmita to promote this film? “She’s not just my USP, but also the film’s soul. Chingari, without Sush, is like Agra, without the Taj Mahal. You cannot imagine the film without her — she’s as integral to it as Shabana Azmi in Arth, or Dimple Kapadia in Rudaali. I can’t take the film to the audience without her,” said Kalpana Lazmi.

Sushmita Sen is not working with Lazmi to promote Chingari because the actress is furious that her kissing scene in the film has been revealed before the release of the film. She also feels that this part of the story was disclosed by Kalpana herself, only for sensationalism. In his interviews, Anuj Sawhney, the male lead of the film opposite Sushmita Sen, talked about his many retakes for the kissing sequence. Sushmita didn’t take this in good terms and was offended by Sawhney’s words.

“Though I’ve spoken to her mom and am in touch with her sister on SMS, I haven’t been able to speak to Sush,” explained Lazmi. The director seemed disturbed by what’s going on with her film. “I’ve repeatedly tried to contact Sush, to explain my point of view,” says Lajmi. “I had nothing to do with what the film’s romantic lead had to say. As it is, my film is in deep financial trouble; I can’t bear any more delays.”

Although Lazmi understands Sush’s point of view, she would also like for her leading lady to co-operate with her. “I don’t blame Sushmita at all for her annoyance. She’s a lady of great dignity; as a woman and a sensitive filmmaker, I completely empathise with her. But she can’t punish the film for the wrongs of an individual.”

“Though I’m in no way responsible for what happened, I apologise to Sush,” said Kalpana.