It seems the war between Zareen Khan and the makers of Aksar 2, among whom is Varun Bajaj, is not ending anytime soon. Last week, Zareen was reportedly mobbed by strangers in New Delhi during the promotions of her film. However, on November 19, the makers reacted to the rumours and said in a statement:
Zareen Khan and her team approved the entire tour schedule provided to them two days before the departure. She backed out of all her commitments leaving aside the press conference and a sponsor visit. She did not even complete a day of promotions, which troubled the makers to a point where they had to compensate a huge amount of money and were harassed and threatened till the wee hours of the morning.
The statement also included the clarification on her being molested:
The bit about her almost getting molested, is absolutely untrue, as she left the venue throwing tantrums arguing with the sponsors as she did not want to stay or eat there. She left with four bodyguards and her manager in tow. She sat in the sponsor’s car who she had shouted on and had an argument with. The sponsor withheld the key of the car, but the makers arranged for another car and sent her and her team to the hotel safely, after which she left for Mumbai without informing the makers. This is not the first time that Zareen has troubled the filmmakers. She has put them in a fix many a times and made them suffer losses.
Soon after the statement, an entertainment portal contacted Zareen. Here is what she said:
On her fight with the makers:
Zareen Khan was disappointed with the producers of the film since the beginning. She was earlier promised that the film would be ‘clean’ and won’t focus on her body. But that didn’t happen. She even raised questions when the filmmakers asked her to wear minimal clothes in every frame. She further said,
I tried to find a middle solution, but every time there were arguments. Every day they wanted a change in my clothes; they wanted me to change into something very irrational, something that would make me expose.
On the movie scenes:
She was upset over how certain scenes were shot like the increasing the duration of kissing scenes. She asserted that more kissing scenes were not required.
On the promotions disaster:
She said that the makers had over-committed to the sponsors without even briefing her. She further said,
They took me to a venue where I was told to do interactions while the makers were busy eating food and drinking beer. Raat bhar khao, daaru piyo – but is this the way you treat a lady? Nobody came down to see me off till the car, and while I was on my way down they tried to stop me. When I reached the car I was supposed to travel in, I realised that they had frisked the keys before I got into it.
On being nearly molested:
She clarified that she didn’t get molested. She remembered the incident saying that as there was minimal security, the crowd came close to her and she was on the verge of being molested. Zareen said,
I could have been molested. Somehow I told the security guards to give me their car to reach the hotel. And mind you, the security was hardly any. I reach the hotel and this so-called producer Bajaj comes and demands to know that who will pay the sponsors because I did not fulfil my assignment to the end? As I said I was not even told what I was supposed to do, leave aside if I was comfortable doing that or not- so how could I fulfil?
Zareen is quite upset as she worked really hard on the movie but was ill-treated. She said,
I am not saying that I am some sati-savitri, but the insertion of content was supposed to be by mutual consent. I can take them to court.
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