Priyadarshan said that the reason for the failure of his recent release ‘Tezz’ is producers of the movie taking over the final editing of the film.
“From now, I'll put it in all my contracts that I won't show a single frame of my film to my producer until it is completed, edited and full post-production is done,” he said to a popular daily.
The disagreement that started with Priyadarshan not seeing eye to eye with the producers about Mallika Sherawat item number only increased from then on.
“The producers took over the film from me after I shot it. It was edited by them and the result was there for everyone to see. So many people, including critics, have told me they couldn't follow the narration in Tezz because of the editing. But what is the point of fighting over a dead body?” he said.
The director feels bad especially for lead actor Ajay Devgn as he has put his complete trust in the director.
“Ajay trusted me completely. We had earlier worked in ‘Aakrosh’ and hit it off beautifully. He signed ‘Tezz’ because of me. He could've done any project but he chose mine instead. And this is what happens! I am deeply ashamed and embarrassed,” said the director.
The director is especially shocked with the fact that a star like Ajay Devgn got such a bad opening.
“I can't say I'm surprised," he said.
"After the way the film has been edited, it had to be rejected. So much of my energy and effort went into ‘Tezz’. It was my first action film and I wanted it to be the perfect action adventure. I feel bad for Ajay. I don't know how to face him. I can only tell him I'll make up to him with a successful film as soon as possible,” he added.
The director feels bad that he let the producers take total control over his movie.
“It was my mistake. Normally, I do all the post-production work, including editing, in Chennai. This time, because we had shot ‘Tezz’ in Mumbai and abroad, I decided to do the post-production in Mumbai. That was a mistake. The producer took over the film from me. I had no authority over how it finally looked,” he said.
Priyadarshan had a similar problem with ‘Hera Pheri’ producer Feroz Nadiadwala, who insisted on have two songs in the movie to add glam factor to it.
“But I had edited the rest of ‘Hera Pheri’. Those songs were added because the producer felt the film lacked glamour. ‘Tezz’ was taken away from me. I had no control over the editing,” he said.
The director said that he wouldn’t mind working with producer Ratan Jain again if he promises to stay away from the movie.
“But this time he'd have to sign a contract stating I'd have full control over the film's content and editing,” he concluded.