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JP Dutta on Abhishek Bachchan quitting Paltan: It’s too early to comment, the wound is fresh

Director JP Dutta says he does not want to talk about his protégé Abhishek Bachchan’s exit from Paltan. He also adds that right now he does not know whether he will work with him again.

bollywood Updated: Sep 06, 2018 13:14 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Paltan,Abhishek Bachchan,JP Dutta
Abhishek Bachchan chose to opt out of mentor JP Dutta’s Paltan.

Right from the time it was announced, JP Dutta’s Paltan has been making news for more reasons than one. The film, yet another war drama from the director, after Border (1997), and LOC Kargil (2003), also marked Dutta’s comeback after over a decade. But when Dutta’s protégé Abhishek Bachchan, who was also supposed to come back to the big screen with Paltan, pulled out at the last minute, it became a talking point. The makers replaced Abhishek with actor Harshvardhan Rane of Sanam Teri Kasam (2016) fame and finished the film.

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When asked if Abhishek’s pulling out of the film affected his relationship with the actor and his illustrious family, Dutta says that it’s a very personal thing for him. So, will he do another film with Abhishek? “I don’t know,” Dutta continues after a pause, “For me to comment on this is too early because the wound is too fresh.”

Abhishek had made his foray into Bollywood with Dutta’s Refugee alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan in 2000. The director-actor duo then went on to collaborate on films such as LOC Kargil and Umrao Jaan (2006).

Coming back to Paltan and his 12-year break from films, Dutta says come what may, fighters never give up. The film-maker shares that the break he took after the Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Umrao Jaan was not by choice. But now, he is happy to be back with a bang.

“Making films is my passion. So the [long] break that happened in between was not a result of my choice. It was more like when a batsman has a bad patch, that is when he faces quite a few bad innings, his performance is not up to the mark... So, what does he do? Works hard and bounces back. So here I am, I have bounced back,” he says.

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First Published: Sep 06, 2018 12:20 IST