Rajesh Bhatia, the producer of Bole Chudiya, has dropped Mouni Roy from his Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer, charging her with unprofessional behaviour.
Explaining his move, producer Rajesh Bhatia said in a statement: "We have invested a big amount of money and if asking someone in a civil manner to be professional and be committed to the role is being rude, then, sorry, we are in the serious business of making movies with high stakes and it's not a hobby. From the time we have signed her, she and her agency Toabh have been highly unprofessional and irresponsible, even after signing the MOU and paying her. Even for the final narration held two days back, she walked in at 05:30 pm for a 03:00 pm narration, embarrassing the producers, director and actor. As for the role, it's one of the best scripts. The role of the girl in the film is central. It is amusing to hear her complaining. Frankly, I think she knows she is guilty and is just trying to defend herself from being in the news."
On the other hand, there has been a statement which has been released from Monui's side as well and it states, "Mouni Roy is no longer a part of the film. Mouni has done many films before and has had a successful career, where everyone has vouched for her professionalism. Mr Rajesh Bhatia, on the other hand, is making his second film. His first film has already run into many controversies, where he has even accused a senior actor of interference. He is now claiming that Mouni is not a professional, whereas there are several emails and text messages proving otherwise, which we will be happy to share. Even the contract isn't signed because of the discrepancies in it. We don't wish to say anything more to this. Anyone sensible can see what's going on. Mouni chooses to maintain a dignified stance and does not believe in mudslinging. She wishes them the very best."
The film, which is going on floors in June, will see another established actress opposite Nawazuddin. The makers will soon announce the lead actress.
Bole Chudiya marks the directorial debut of Shamas Nawab Siddiqui and is produced by Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia under their banner Woodpecker Movies.