Sanjay Gupta lashes out at Reema Kagti
Sanjay Gupta, during a film award ceremony had voiced his concern about Reema Kagti getting an award for the story of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (ZNMD) because he found it an exact copy of the Kevin Costner film ‘Fandango’ (1985).
Kagti, now ready with her next directorial ‘Talaash’, said in a recent interview, “I think a person like Sanjay, who does not have a single original frame in his seven films, should not be talking about originality.”
Now, Sanjay has hit out at her saying his name was used for publicity. In an interview to a leading newspaper, the ‘Kaante’ director says, “She has shamelessly used my name to peddle her film. She has called me a plagiarist but I would advise everybody to get a DVD of ‘Fandango’. After watching that you will know if ‘ZNMD’ was a copy. I genuinely raised my concern as a jury member and in the end nobody got the award,” said Sanjay.
The filmmaker posted a series of tweets that suggested Reema lobbies for awards. “I have posted those tweets and I am man enough to admit it. I’m hurt by the way she has chosen to selectively target me because she feels I denied her an award. The truth is she never deserved it. Now that she has Aamir Khan to back her up, she is settling personal scores. This is not only unprofessional but a blatant personal attack,” said Sanjay.
Incidentally, Aamir isn’t too pleased with Gupta and Kagti’s virtual pow-wow either. According to sources, he has swung into action to contain the damage that has been created. “Aamir has asked Reema to keep quiet about the entire fiasco and not carry it forward in any way. He doesn’t want this to become a full blown controversy. He has asked Reema to calm down and not make any more comments. The comments in the interview were made without Aamir’s knowledge,” said a source from the actor’s production house.
On the other hand, Sanjay is ready to take the debate forward. “If she has the guts she should face me at a public platform. I am man enough to admit other films have inspired me. Why is she shying away from the fact that she too copied from films? I am sure everybody in the film industry is watching what she is doing,” Sanjay added.