Reema Kagti’s directorial venture ‘Talaash’ is one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year.
As much as the movie has been in news for its positive aspects, the movie has also been plagued by rumors that Aamir Khan was quite dissatisfied by the movie and had demanded that director Reema Kagti make changes to her script.
But Reema Kagti denied these rumors.
“I've known Aamir since the time I was an Assistant Director on ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Lagaan’. I wasn't heading into a situation where I would be working with a tyrant. Yes, he had inputs. But as a lead actor and producer, doesn't he have the right to contribute? Even Farhan had his share of contributions. That's how films are made. No filmmaker can ever say he has pulled off any of his works singularly. And Aamir's inputs were honing the film; they weren't something I couldn't deal with,” said Reema Kagti to a daily in an interview.
She also denied that the delay in the movie’s release was due to Aamir Khan’s dissatisfaction with the movie’s ending.
“I couldn't just edit the film myself and release it. I had to show it to several people at several stages. That's how it works. And ‘Talaash’ was a difficult film to edit. It made me sit long on the edit table,” she said.
There have been reports doing rounds that Aamir agreed to act in the movie due to the strong friendship Reema shared with Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao.
“Yes, Kiran and I are very good friends. But I think it is known how Aamir works. He doesn't work the way you are hinting. I have answered your question,” she said.
She revealed that both Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor took their time to say ‘yes’ to the movie.
“I approached Rani Mukerji. She is very exacting but finally, she was convinced. Kareena too took her time before giving her nod,” she said.
The director confessed that she was having many issues when it came to censorship of the movie.
“They want me to insert tickers in smoking scenes. Heroine was allowed as it had up to 40 minutes of smoking and so much cannot be cut. Tobacco and cigarettes are sold at every nook and corner. I myself am a smoker. The only way I will stop smoking is if you ban the activity in the country. Why can't they understand such a simple thing? Believe it or not, I called up the Censor Board to ask for the guidelines before I shot the smoking scenes and at that time, there was no 'ticker' rule. Anyway, it doesn't make sense... You can show rape but objections are raised over scenes depicting consensual sex. God...” she concluded.
The movie with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor in lead roles is all set to release on November 30.