A clash of dates

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Commenting on reports of her walking out of British film Bombairiya in the middle, actress Richa Chadda says constant procrastination of the project, which led to clash with her other commitments, forced her to opt out of the movie.

Directed by debutant Pia Sukanya, the film is an ode to Mumbai and is being produced by India-born British producer Michael Ward. It was slated to go on floors in December. “I was approached by Beautiful Bay Productions in August 2013 to play the lead in their next film. I agreed because they had a phenomenal script. I stood by them as they found producers and line producers. The shoot was initially to start in January 2014, then April, then July.
Finally in August, Michael Ward mentioned that he needed more prep time and I told him I had prior commitments till December. After some adjustments on both our parts we were ready to roll in December.
They paid me a token to say we intend to make the film,” explains the actress. “While I was away shooting for Masaan, Michael demanded a change in the schedule yet again. At this point it began to clash with a prior commitment in January, which he was aware of,”
she added.
There were reports that Chadda left the filmmakers in lurch because of some other film accusing her of unprofessionalism. The Fukrey actress was equally shocked by the claims. “We tried to work this out. I have waited for the film to take off for more than a year and a half so it’s tad unfair to expect me to not honour other film commitments,” the actress said. The film also stars Akshay Oberoi and Siddhanth Kapoor.

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