Did not chop off Sarbjit scenes: Oomung Kumar on Richa’s allegations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 26, 2016 11:13 IST
Director Oomung Kumar responds to Richa’s comments that her scenes in Sarbjit were chopped off.

A day after Richa Chadha claimed her role in Sarbjit was cut short, director Oomung Kumar countered it as untrue, saying he was clear about what he wanted for the movie.

Stating he was disappointed by Richa’s comments, Oomung said in a statement, “It is completely untrue about us cutting her role. It is a bound script, the scenes were exactly the same before starting the film and I had narrated Richa the same. So no scenes were cut of hers in the film.”

A poster of Sarbjit shows Randeep, Aishwary and Richa.

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Based on the life and struggles of Sarabjit Singh, a wrongly convicted Indian man in a Pakistani jail, and his sister Dalbir who tried to prove his innocence, the movie also starred Aishwraya Rai Bachchan as Dalbir and Randeep Hooda as Sarabjit. Richa played Sarabjit’s wife.

A DNA news report quoted Richa as saying, “Some of my best scenes had to go. The one scene that I still have towards the end where I am shown bonding with Aishwarya’s character has no context since all my scenes showing my kinship with her are gone.”

“It’s not about the length of the role. It’s just that one works so hard on a film. It’s heartbreaking when some of your best scenes get sacrificed on the editing table. I am not saying I was singled out for role-chopping. All I am saying is that after so much work it’s frustrating to have just one scene for yourself. I don’t need to do this after Masaan and now Cabaret where I have the central role,” Richa reportedly said.

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Richa shared the details of two particular scenes to the daily and further claimed that even Randeep’s scenes were cut out. She later tweeted and said that she did not mean any ill and “it’s all about labour of love”.

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