In an unprecedented move to show the world who’s the real boss in a film project, director Raghava Lawrence has overnight walked out of Laxmmi Bomb the much-talked about remake of the 2011 Tamil blockbuster Muni 2 Kanchana about a man whose body is taken over by the spirit of a transgender.
Akshay Kumar, who plays the lead in the remake, proudly displayed the film’s first poster on the social media on Saturday. But the move was not taken well by the director Raghava who announced his exit from the remake, citing disrespect as a prime reason for his departure. He also expressed disappointment and humiliation at Akshay Kumar outing the first look without informing the director.
Raghava’s move has shocked the Bollywood film industry where even the most reputed directors are known to bow to their superstar-hero’s whims or else they are shown the door.
However, sources in the know say that Raghava saw what was coming. “He knew this ghost film will be ghost-directed. Nowadays, superstars like Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar are very active on the sets. Raghava must have been warned. He belongs to the old school of filmmaking where the director is the king on the sets. Rather than bearing the intervention, Raghava gracefully walked out,” says the source.
Now, one hears that the producers Shabina Khan and Tusshar Kapoor are frantically on the lookout for a replacement for Raghava. It would be hard to find one at the last minute, considering Akshay has already announced the release date (5 June 2020).