Saturday, November 18, 2006
Maniratnam's films are usually controversial, but don't aim at anyone in particular. Until now, his films had only irked terrorists and fundamentalists. But this time, he seems to have offended a very powerful business tycoon.
Guru is the name of his new film and ever since its launch, there were rumours that it was based on the life of businessman and visionary Dhirubhai Ambani. Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhavan and Vidhya Balan had played the lead roles. The mere fact that Abhishek and Aishwarya had played the lead roles has made many distributors hesitate to touch the film, thanks to their previous record at the box office (all the films starring the two had failed).
When Mukesh Ambani heard that the film was based on his father, he was curious to see the film, only to realize he was portrayed as a person with negative shade. Naturally, he wasn't happy, one of the reasons being that Adlabs, which is owned by his media-savvy younger brother, Anil Ambani, produced the film.
Manirathnam has now decided to seek Amitabh Bachchan's intervention to get the film released. Taking sides in a family feud, especially when you're an outsider, is a bad idea!
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