Sara is Saif and his first wife Amrita's first born Image: Fotocorp
While Janhvi Kapoor's first film Dhadak, backed by Karan Johar, is going ahead full throttle with its shoot, looks like Sara Ali Khan's debut venture Kedarnath is in choppy waters. If industry buzz is to be believed, director Abhishek Kapoor has parted ways with Kedarnath producers — KriArj Entertainment and T-Series — over some irreparable financial and creative differences. The million dollar question — is the film getting shelved?
Spilling some more deets, a source close to the project told T2 Online, "The natural disaster drama had no takers initially until KriArj Entertainment came on board to produce the film. Ever since the film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and debutant Sara Ali Khan, was announced, the Fitoor director has been delaying the film's production."
The source further said, "KriArj Entertainment and T-Series decided to come onboard since they believed in the film and in Abhishek's vision. However, as Kedarnath unfolded several issues pertaining to the dates of the talent and prep time, delays in the film's delivery began cropping up. Abhishek replaced several of the crew members and technicians at the very last minute. Despite investing a huge some of funding into the project, Kedarnath was going way overbudget owing to Gattu's (Abhishek's nickname) constant demands."
Our source claims that Abhishek not only delayed the shoot of the film by six months, but also interfered hugely in the film's financial planning and overall business workings. Apparently, he also demanded that a higher price be quoted for the music rights, despite T-Series being music moguls.
Our source says KriArj Entertainment never wanted to release their film with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Zero either. "Deciding a film's release date should be the producers call since they are the one's investing huge sums into the project. However, Abhishek interfered in that as well and went on to announce a release date on Twitter without consulting KriArj Entertainment, who were against releasing the film on the same date as Zero," the source added.
T2 Online tried getting in touch with Abhishek to hear his side of the story, but the filmmaker did not repsond to our messages.