Despite all the negativity and controversy surrounding the making of his Shahid Kapoor and Genelia D'Souza starrer, director Ken Ghosh has wrapped up principal shooting of his yet untitled film (no, it is not called Yahoo). There was a breeding controversy when Jiah Khan was replaced by Genelia D'Souza while later it was also insinuated that Shahid wanted his 'good friend' Priyanka Chopra in the film instead of Genelia and hence was giving cold vibes to the latter at the sets during the filming.
"Well, I wish to meet them all who were spreading such rumours because the fact remains that we have finished the film in a super fast manner", said Ken Ghosh in an elated tone hours after announcing pack up, "In fact we have finished the film ahead of schedule. We had planned 35 days for the filming and we wrapped it up four days earlier by bringing the principal shooting to a close in 31 days flat."
He denies another allegation that the film went over budget due to leading lady being replaced. "Nothing of that sort, we are pretty much within budget", Ken quashes another rumour, "In any case filming is just a part of movie making. There is pre-production, post production and promotion planned as well. Ultimately everything does get adjusted even if we had to shoot for a few extra days."
How about another rumour floating around that Shahid wanted certain reaction shots of his (which were earlier captured with Jiah in picture) to be re-shot as he wanted to lend further authenticity with Genelia coming into picture?
"Some people's intelligence level when it comes to making movies amazes me", mocks Ken, "Isn't it in any case a bare minimum requirement to re-do reaction shots as well when an entire scene has changed?"
He goes on to elaborate the situation, "I would have said this for umpteenth number of times that Genelia replacing Jiah wasn't just about an actor being changed. It was mainly due to character change which means that the scenes were re-written as well. In such a scenario, it is but natural that everything that has to be captured on camera is redone. You can't imagine saving money just for the sake of it by retaining reaction shots, can you?"
After all the hard work came the wrap up party.
"Yes, UTV Motion Pictures (producers of the film) threw a party at Bling (in Leela Hotel) on Tuesday night. We had a gala time since our entire team had come together with the purpose of completing this film in spite of all the challenges that came our way. I would be off to Macau now for IIFA this weekend and once I am back, it would be back to the post production grill", Ken reveals his plans here.
When do we expect the film to be out? "Our first copy should be out around October or November. Then based on the release of Kaminey and Yash Raj Films' Hadippa (working title), we would take a call on our film. It could be late this year or early 2010", signs off Ken.