Naseeruddin Shah might have reportedly walked out of ad-film-maker Veena Bakshi’s directorial debut without completing the schedule, but that didn’t stop the makers from going ahead and somehow releasing the film The Coffin Maker.
The movie went on to earn accolades at several festivals in India and abroad, and now, it has even won the National Award in the best English feature film category. But none of that seems to matter to Naseer, who has disowned the film.
When we reached out to the veteran star on April 20 to congratulate him, he replied via SMS, saying, "No film of mine has won any award. That is NOT my film in any way. It won an award for what??!! Best incomplete film? I don't want to talk about it sorry. (sic)"
The problems between the makers and the actor apparently began brewing when the shooting of the film — The Coffin Maker — came to a halt due to financial issues. "…when we were ready to roll again, he (Naseer) was unwilling to shoot. After a few meetings, he said he’d report back on the sets only if he was paid an additional Rs. 1.5 crore. Imagine his audacity," Veena was quoted saying in a news report in February.
However, the director holds no grudges any longer. She says, "It would have been a pleasure to have him (Naseer) with us in this time."
Randeep Hooda and Naseeruddin Shah in a still from Coffin Maker.
Currently, Veena is only looking forward to releasing the film commercially. "There are a few people who are speaking to us right now. As you also know, these kind of films, for some reason, are very difficult to market," she adds.