Exclusive: Anees Bazmee confirms stepping back from Section 108 - Hindustan Times

Exclusive: Anees Bazmee confirms stepping back from Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s next film

Oct 27, 2023 08:02 PM IST

When asked about the reason, Anees Bazmee said that there was “nothing in particular”.

While actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been busy shooting his upcoming film Section 108, we have learnt that one of its presenter Anees Bazmee has withdrawn from the project owing to certain issues.

Anees Bazmee has taken a step back from Section 108.
Anees Bazmee has taken a step back from Section 108.

Confirming the same to un exclusively, Bazmee tells us, “Yes, I am no long associated with the project.” When asked about the reason, the director shared that there was nothing in particular. “I just thought of focusing on other projects,” shares the director, who as for now is focusing on the third part of Bhool Bhulaiyyaa franchise.

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However, a source close to the development informed us that there were certain problems that led to the decision. “Bazmee had put forth certain clauses that were difficult to meet. The entire team could not agree to it and hence Bazmee decided to part ways, however it was a mutual call and there are no hard feelings. He even expressed wish to collaborate sometime in future,” the source tells us.

Another insider further tells us that Bazmee was only the face of the film and not the producer as misunderstood by a lot of people. “When it’s a small scale film, it’s good to have names like him because the process of getting good deals with OTT and satellite platforms get easy. The film sells on the name. So, while he had not invested any money in the project, him taking a step back might affect the film later,” says the insider.

Bazmee’s team later issued a notice clarifying his stance. The notice that came through trade publication Complete Cinema, read: “Our client is no longer presenting the film Section 108 starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Regina Cassandra and others directed by Rasikh Khan. And that our client is no longer part of the said film in any manner whatsoever. Therefore, through this notice, public in general and all the concerned parties are informed about the same

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