Wary of drawing filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s wrath, director Ram Gopal Varma has retracted from his reported statements against Bhatt on the issue of the latter forbidding porn star Sunny Leone from working in his film.
Varma, who had earlier said in an interview that Bhatt has bound Leone by a contract and is not letting her do an item number in his upcoming film, Department, now says, "I never gave such a statement.
I’ve been misquoted." He also tweeted, calling the reports of him lashing out against Bhatt as "crap."
Bhatt, in whose film Jism 2, Leone is playing the lead role, says, "I called up Ramu to check as I believe in transparency.He assured me that he never made any such remark."
Varma was earlier quoted by a publication as saying, "I actually wanted Sunny Leone for the item song in Department... but she has a contract with Mahesh, Mukesh and Pooja Bhatt, so I was denied access to her."