By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
As we have already reported, Simran's appearance in Heartbeats has not only shocked her fans but the actress too was shocked to learn about the portrayal of her part in that film. The actress said that she was portrayed as a HIV positive patient, without her consent, in her re-debut Malayalam film. "To compensate for this misdemeanour, the producer and the director have to pay Rs.2 crores to me; otherwise I will sue them, the actress warned!
The film has been produced by Jolly Joseph and directed by Vinu Anand. Simran plays the role of a mysterious woman who becomes the object of infatuation for a young doctor played by Inderjith (brother of actor Prithiviraj), in the film.
According to Simran, she had a difference of opinion with the producer while shooting for the film at Kochi, and reportedly walked out of the sets. However, the film was completed inspite of her absence, and released recently in Kerala. After coming to know about the portrayal of her role, Simran was shell-shocked, and summoned her lawyers for consultations to curb the screening of 'Heartbeats'.
The actress says, "The story of the film has been altered and it is entirely different from the script which was narrated to me. Despite being cast alongside newcomers, I gave my approval because I was really impressed with the original script. But when the director seemed to be deviating from it at the time of the shooting, I decided to discontinue my assignment. I have not watched the film as yet. But if there is any truth in this report, I will be consulting my lawyers to file a case against the director and the producer for bringing disrepute to my name. I have evidence in the form of the complete original script and the agreement letter to substantiate my case."
But the producer has claimed that the actress had received the full payment, and they have the right to complete the film as they wanted it to be. Jolly said, "Since the actress had refused to cooperate with the crew even though full salary for the assignment was paid to her, she has violated the agreement that she had signed. I am ready to fight any form of a legal battle with Simran..."
Now one can expect a litigation saga unfold between the actress and the producer, more interesting than the script of Heartbeats!