Filmmaker Ramesh Taurani has lashed out at actor Deepika Padukone, accusing her of extremely unprofessional behaviour. The actor recently walked out of Taurani’s under-production film, Race 2, citing a prolonged delay in the shoot.
“I will ensure that Deepika pays bigtime for being so unprofessional and unethical,” says Taurani who has filed a formal complaint with the Association of Motion Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMPTPP) and Cine & TV Artistes’ Association CINTAA.
“I have full faith in these associations and I’m sure justice will be done.Strict action should be taken against her so that no one ever repeats such an act,” says a livid Taurani whose 21-crore film also stars Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu.
While Padukone refused to comment on the allegations, a source close to her said, “Constant delays are the reason for Deepika’s inability to do Race 2. Despite a delay of over a year, she tried to adjust her dates and shot for two days. But again she was informed that the schedule is changed. She would have liked to do the film but with a new set of dates emerging every now and then, she couldn’t juggle her dates any longer. She has conveyed her apologies to Ramesh Taurani and returned.”
Taurani is no mood to accept Deepika’s apology. “I have been in the industry for 25 years and worked with all big actors. I’ve never experienced a behaviour like this before. After a full week of shooting, she can’t just back out so easily,” he says.