Bollywood and television actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide has opened up a debate over nepotism, lobbying, bullying and Bollywood mafia. The writer of the book called Calling Sehmat on which was Raazi based has called out Meghna Gulzar saying that she had him removed from everything. Harinder Singh Sikka has also accused the filmmaker of delaying the release of his book to removing him from the Jaipur Literature Festival and awards functions.
During a panel discussion with Republic TV, Harinder Sikka was present with a printout of an email in his hand. He said, “I wrote Raazi and this is proof against my name by (Meghna) Gulzar. It was written to me by Jaipur Literature Festival. I was removed from everything, from Filmfare, my book was not allowed to be launched by Gulzar in person. You want me read out this email where Jaipur Literature Festival head says, ‘In my 35 years of career, I have never seen anybody bulldozing to remove one person.’ In this particular case, Gulzar is the case in point.”
“My book was tried to be delayed? Why? Every credit must go to Meghna Gulzar. First Jaipur Literature Festival, then the Filmfare Awards. The best original screenplay award was to be given to me but it was removed, it was given to some film by the name Andhadhun which was a copy of a French book because I was to be removed,” Sikka added.
He also opened up on Chhapaak‘s credits saying Meghna didn’t give credit to the lawyer. “It is not the only one, what did Meghna do further! Chhapaak. She took away that poor writer – the lawyer in Delhi, her credit away. Ask Ravi Tandon (Raveena Tandon’s father) about what happened. There is a history of mafia operating. I have nothing against nobody, it’s not my profession. This happens because I was an outsider.”
He also narrated an incident wherein his film, Nanak Shah Fakir that was rejected for Oscars because he was an outsider and despite having won three national awards.