Mumbai, July 5 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar broke his silence over the anguish of discovering that Aishwarya Rai is pregnant after starting the shooting of his most ambitious project of the upcoming film “Heroine” and claimed that the actor had hidden the news of her pregnancy.
The project has been halted after Ash’s father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan tweeted last month that she is expecting to be a mother.
Madhur said that he was ‘shocked’ to know that Ash was expecting a baby.
“I am still reeling in a state of shock. But still chose to remain silent all these days; but was coerced into breaking my silence as I realized that truth deserved to be told,” he wrote.
Ash was all set to play the lead role in the film and announcements about it were made in the Cannes festival this year.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B00009V8UV” display=”inlinepost”]”Today I am sitting alone in my office after the plugs being pulled off from my film Heroine. My conscience stands clear as I have been honest to my craft irrespective of the repercussions. No which way would I have trampled my dream project on which I have given my sweat and blood for almost 1 and 1/2 years. This was going to be my most ambitious project of my career, ” he blogged breaking his silence.
“My inherent belief is that motherhood is pious and I am humbled by it. I must also add that I salute every woman who chooses to work in this extremely delicate state… In fact my wife, when she was carrying my daughter, worked through her pregnancy, but in the same breath I would like to say that I will never knowingly put a woman in harm’s way knowing the delicate nature of her health.
“My entire career stands on the strong pillars of women oriented films. This stems from the fact that I am sensitive to the entire aura and mystique of a woman and womanhood,” he wrote.
“On one of the days, amongst the only 8 days shoot we did, one of my associate directors while rehearsing for the actress tripped and had a bad fall injuring himself. The terrain we were shooting was rocky. Today when I know the condition of my then lead actress and I shudder at the thought what if instead of my associate, she would have been the one to be injured; I would have suffered a major guilt throughout my life if anything were to happen to her on my guard and direction,” he expressed in his blog.
“The film was announced in Cannes on 13th May while we commenced shooting on 7th June. There was a gap of 24 days even if we had known the truth behind the maternal state of the actress things could have been reworked keeping the state of matters in mind accordingly and this crisis could have been averted.”
“The entire crisis would have taken a humongous shape had the truth not being unveiled when it was. With 65 days of shooting remaining. It would make the concerned actress 6-7 months pregnant. Cinema is a visual medium and keeping in mind the physical state of the actress, the total interpretation of the character of a diva and the story would land up in major jeopardy post 65 days of her pregnancy.”
“This decision of pulling the plug had a devastating effect on me. It was like an avalanche collapsing on me, I was in a state of total shock and depression.
“I have been working on the script for almost a year and a half. I could not come to the office for almost 8 days for the fear of facing those people whose bread and butter depended upon the film because in true sense these people were the worst affected by the turn of events,”he wrote.
“It was a collective decision of the Producers of the film to pull off the plug on the current assembled project. It takes a heart of steel to take such a hard decision and it cannot be done on mere whims but stoic and solid reasoning,” he mentioned.
Earlier, It was reported that B-town actor Tabu had visited Madhur Bhandarkar’s house recently and consoled him in this difficult situation in life.
Tabu had worked with the ace director in the film ‘Chandni Bar‘ in 2001.
It was after ten years that she was spotted visiting Madhur Bhandarkar’s Kakkad Enclave residence in Khar.