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Sunil's black Friday

By: Vickey Lalwani, Mid-Day

Monday, June 05, 2006

Sunil Shetty has refused to promote UTV's Chup Chupke. He turned down an interview with a television channel, who wanted him to talk about the Priyadarshan film. According to a tattler, Shetty has made his black mood apparent to the production house but hasn't disclosed the cause.

When contacted, Ram Mirchandani, vice president, UTV Motion Pictures and Production did not beat around the bush.

He quickly admitted, "I will not lie. Yes, Sunil is upset about something. There is an issue. We are aware about it. We know that he is not promoting the film, we wish he had been supportive," he says.

When asked what exactly Sunil was upset about, "That is exactly what we don't know," says Mirchandani.

Sunil has been paid

Usually there are three primary reasons when an actor cuts himself off from a film before it's release. One, he hasn't been paid in full. Two, he has not been given sufficient footage in the publicity campaign. Three, he is not happy with the length of his role in the final draft of the film. So which one applies to Sunil?

Mirchandani replies, "The first reason does not apply here. We have paid Shetty his full amount. As I told you, we're yet to know the reason. It has to be either the second or the third reason you have mentioned. Chup Chupke has many actors - Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Sushma Reddy, Paresh Rawal and others. It is possible that Sunil has been missed in certain areas, owing to creative reasons."

What is the remedy? UTV plans to soother Sunil's ruffled feathers, "I will be meeting Sunil within the next two days. I will sit with him at length and sort it out. UTV believes in having a long-term relationship with actors-be it SRK, Aamir, Sunil or anybody else. We will rectify the situation."

Ek din, do release

When contacted, Sunil was reluctant to speak on why he was not promoting Chup Chupke.

He later says, "I have no issues at all with Chup Chupke or UTV. There are no problems. Of course it's a different issue that I am a bit upset about. Both films of mine, Chup Chupke and Phir Hera Pheri are releasing on the same day. Both are beautiful films and it would have been great if they had released in successive weeks."

Talking about refusal to promote the film to a television channel Shetty says, "I was asked to talk about Chup Chupke at a press meet for Phir Hera Pheri, and I said that it would not be fair for producer Feroz Nadiadwala, who had organised the meet. It was the most professional thing to do. I said let's talk about this film here, and talk about the other film later."

Both the films are set to hit the theatres on June 9.

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