‘Had I been a star, I could’ve told Jagga Ja­soos mak­ers not to edit out my role’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Sayani Gupta is pretty dis­ap­pointed that her role was “heav­ily edited” in Anurag Basu’s Ran­bir Kapoor-Ka­t­rina Kaif star­rer Jagga Ja­soos, which re­leased last month. How­ever, de­spite the dis­ap­point­ment, the 31-year-old ac­tor gets why her role in the film was cut short.

“I un­der­stand the process, and es­pe­cially that of Dada (Anurag Basu). He has a very dif­fer­ent process of film­mak­ing and I re­spect that. I also un­der­stand that any film­maker would do any­thing for the bet­ter­ment of his film, and if he thought edit­ing out my role made the film bet­ter, I have no prob­lems with it,” she says. How­ever, the ac­tor says that she “felt bad” about it.

“I was in­volved in the project for the last two years, so ex­tremely and quite gen­uinely I was ex­cited about it. More than that, I think the film was quite unique, and I felt good to be part of the project,” she adds.

How­ever, Sayani feels her role wouldn’t have been edited if she was a pop­u­lar star. “If you are a lesser known ac­tor, most of the times you don’t even get to know what’s hap­pen­ing to your role and whether some­body is edit­ing it out. It’s only later, af­ter the re­lease, you see it on screen and get to know that it’s been done. Had I been a star, I would have been in a bet­ter po­si­tion to tell the mak­ers not to edit it out, or maybe even take con­trol of things. That’s what a star can do,” she says.

How­ever, Sayani says that even if she be­comes a star, she won’t be­come dic­ta­to­rial like some of them are. “If I be­come a big enough star who can con­trol such things... still I will never do it. Maybe I might re­quest them not to edit or things like that, but I will def­i­nitely not force any­one to do it, like some of them do” she adds.

Ear­lier, ac­tor Govinda had ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure over his role be­ing chopped from the film. “I did my job as an ac­tor and if the direc­tor is not happy it’s com­pletely his call,” he had tweeted.

I was in­volved in the project for the last two years, so ex­tremely and quite gen­uinely I was ex­cited about it (role in Jagga Ja­soos) SAYANI GUPTA, AC­TOR

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

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