'I wish Abhay would speak to me directly'

Reacting to the story ‘Rocking or shocking’ producer Siddharth Jain has been taken aback by Abhay Deol’s allegations against him. The actor who features in his zombie film which has run into trouble, alleged that Siddharth is solely to blame for the mess the project is in.

Siddharth Jain

Here’s Siddharth’s version…
I am currently heading to Fiji for a film, so wish I could do this face-to- face. But I really wish that Abhay would speak to me directly and not through the press. All I can say is that he should check facts directly, form a fair opinion and then react publicly. Not to go on hearsay and get emotional about friendships.

There were 200 people on the set and everyone knows what happened. Balaji has been extremely reasonable in wanting to make the film in a certain budget. I had sold the film to them. If I was the problem, then the film would have still been completed without me.

Clearly I am not the cause of the delay. It’s my script and so far 45 minutes of the 90 minutes film has been shot. We made Ragini MMS, so we know budgets. High concept films cannot be made lavishly and everyone has to cooperate to work in a certain way, which means, thinking outside the box.

We have a slate of six films which we will start shooting in the coming months with film budgets ranging from Rs 5 to 50 crore. We focus on high concept, commercial, youth films. No one would fund us, if we didn’t know what we were doing. As Tanuj Garg from Balaji rightly says we need to be cost conscious and make the film in the right budget. 

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