Producers leave Manoj Bajpayee's film in the lurch

Manoj Bajpayee's next runs into trouble after producers abandon the project at the last minute

After earning accolades for his act in Devashish Makhija's nine-minute short 'Tandav', Manoj Bajpayee is collaborating with the budding director for a full-length feature film under his own banner. While the project titled 'Bhonsle' was supposed to roll next month, shooting plans have been aborted with the producers walking out of it at the last minute.

Manoj Bajpayee. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
Manoj Bajpayee. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

Says a source, "Manoj's next film is with Makhija and it has an exciting story. However, the funders suddenly pulled out of it. It came as a surprise since their short film, which released earlier this month, has received rave reviews."

Tandav was centered around a police constable who finds himself torn between righteousness and temptations that dishonesty has to offer. In Bhonsle too, Manoj's character is a retired cop, we hear.

Makhija remained unavailable for comment while a source close to the actor confirms the story, saying, "It's an interesting script and deserves to be made. Manoj is personally trying to get producers on board since he wants to take the film on floors as soon as possible."

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