Actor-turned-producer Sherlyn Chopra roped in Damadamm director Swapna Joshi to helm her debut production in September.
The budget of the entire film, tentatively titled The Oscar Girl, was Rs 5 cr. However, after a three-day shoot in Mumbai, Sherlyn was informed that the director had already spent about Rs 1.5 cr. Fuming, she demanded a breakdown of the expenses, which Swapna and executive producer (EP) were unable to provide.
"On September 15, Emmanuel Productions Pvt. Ltd. entered into an agreement with Swapna. I was shocked to see that those three-days had cost me Rs 1.5 cr, when its budget was Rs 5 cr," says Sherlyn, who also stars in the film. She adds, "I sent e-mails to the director and EP asking them why the song shoot was held in haste. I wanted to know how they spent Rs 1.5 cr. But they don’t have any justified account. I am yet to decide what legal action to take."
Sherlyn is now in the process of finding a new director and team for the rest of the project. "I have terminated the director’s team, the EP, his team and all their loyalists from the crew," says the producer, who is also hunting for a title for the movie as well as a lead actor.
The music will be composed and directed by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Gulzar is penning the lyrics. "This time, I’m in full control of the story, screenplay and dialogue. Very soon, I will sign a director, who is on the same page as I am," she says.
We tried to contact Swapna for her side of the story, but she remained unavailable to comment.