Trust Ekta Kapoor to be brazen. A few days ago, the film producer posted a rather shocking status message on her BlackBerry Messenger: ‘Damaged Psycho + Dumb Bimbo = Heroine.’ And although many (including sections of the media) felt that she was referring to Kareena Kapoor’s
next — Madhur Bhandarkar’s film, Heroine — we learn that wasn’t the case. The message was directed towards Neha Sharma, who stars in Ekta’s next, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, along with Tusshar Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh.
Kareena Kapoor in Heroine
“Ekta isn’t pleased with Neha’s behaviour. She is tired of her diva-esque tantrums. So, she decided to speak her mind on a status message. That’s why she posted such an update. Why would Ekta target Bebo?” says an insider close to Ekta.
Interestingly, we also hear that Ekta has banned Neha — for the time being — from participating in her film’s promotions. Although it’s been suggested that Ekta isn’t happy with Bebo for pulling out of two of her films (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 and the Karan Johar’s co-production), sources say Ekta isn’t hitting out at her.
Ekta, who is in Dubai, fumes when quizzed on the subject: “The status message was put up on a very private sphere. Plus, it was meant for an actress who has been giving me a tough time for a while now. Kareena and I share a great rapport, and to make such assumptions is simply disgusting.”
Ekta Kapoor at an event. (HT Photo: Amlan Datta)