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Bharat Shah backs Shiney Ahuja

Producer Bharat Shah slams director Pooja Bedi’s statement regarding Shiney Ahuja, says she is taking advantage of actor’s verdict to get cheap publicity.

entertainment Updated: Apr 07, 2011 13:56 IST
Priyanka Jain

Adding to actor Shiney Ahuja’s current turmoil is a statement by the director of his next, a horror film called Mary Magdalene. Puja Jatinder Bedi implied that the actor misbehaved not only with her, but also with the rest of the cast. One of her many statements reported said, “He would call me in and send the rest of the unit out. He even tried to hug me a couple of times. I had to be firm in my refusal.”

But the producer of the film, Bharat Shah vehemently disagrees with her. “It’s a cheap publicity tactic to take advantage of the actor’s verdict,” he says. “As long as he was on the sets of my film, he was thoroughly professional and did not misbehave.”

According to a source, Shiney’s wife Anupam Ahuja too was present on the sets throughout. “To save costs, he flew his father, who is playing a small role, to the shooting location at his own expense,” adds the source.

Since Shiney’s case was still in court, he was not allowed to enter Mumbai without permission. And due to that, the actor was unable to make it for a schedule on time, causing a weeklong delay. “The director and I were aware of his situation. He couldn’t do much about it and had apologised for the same,” says Bharat.

Puja also claimed that his delay caused the film’s budget to escalate by about Rs 50 lakh, but the producer feels fluctuating finances are common and non-indicative. “It’s not that big a deal. New directors get upset about little things, but it’s not good to use others’ names loosely and hurt them,” he says, adding that Shiney is currently an easy target, “He and his wife have been legally adviced not to talk to the media and that’s why they can’t defend themselves. I am producing the film and I can say there was no issue on the sets.”