By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Monday, April 16, 2007
Neha Dhupia is officially in filmmaker Sanjay Gupta's bad books.
The actress was to perform at a star-studded concert for Shoot Out At Lokhandwala (directed by Apoorva Lakhia) on Sunday night, but flew off to Zurich for an event attended by socialite Paris Hilton.
Says a source close to Sanjay Gupta, who is producing the film, "Dia (Mirza) was hosting the event, so we created a special medley of songs for Neha. But the evening before the rehearsals (April 12) when Dharam Oberoi (one of the directors of White Feather Films) called Neha she said she was out of town. She didn't bother to inform anyone till the last minute, so we were left without a performer. It was very sweet of Koena Mitra and Ishaa Kopikkar to step in and do the show.
Gupta has now decided to pull Neha's out from all the promotional campaigns for the film. Even at the event, all the promos were shown except for the ones with Neha in it. She will also be left out of all the branding promos."
Gupta says, "It speaks for Neha's unprofessional work ethics that she didn't perform. I am eternally indebted to Isha and Koena for bailing us out at 24 hours notice. They didn't charge a single rupee nor did Sanju (Dutt) have to call them. Their gracious act has humbled us all. Neha ditched us just to walk the ramp with Paris Hilton in Switzerland. The fact that Neha did not perform is not something that will not upset us. The show got better with Ishaa and Koena."
Neha Dhupia, for her part, says, "It's very unfortunate the way things happened. It is a mix up of dates and a genuine misunderstanding. I had committed to dates for the Zurich event a long time ago, and despite my best efforts to try and reschedule, it wasn't possible. I did try to explain the situation to all concerned. I have prided myself on being a professional throughout my career, and would never inconvenience any of my banners regardless of their size if I could help it. It's best not to get into a blame game and ensure that such a situation doesn't occur in the future. With time, all will be able to see and appreciate the other's perspective."
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