It’s difficult for an outsider to enter Bollywood: Manish Jha

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Manish Jha…Long hard way to top.

It is very difficult for an outsider to break into Hollywood without considerable support form people who call the shots in the industry, says
Director Manish Jha whose The Legend of Michael Mishra will be releasing this Friday. He says he has entered Bollywood the long hard way.

The director who has previously made Matrubhoomi and Anwar still feels bad about losing the his pet project Mountain Man to Ketan Mehta. Manish had originally decided to make a film about Manjhi – The Mountain Man with Dhanush in the lead but he came to know that Ketan Mehta was trying to make a movie on the same subject.

A legal battle ensued when Manish and his then producer claimed that their idea had been stolen by a writer who later  sold it to Ketan Mehta. Ultimately Manish bowed out allowing Ketan to make the film with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead.

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When asked why he conceded defeat, Manish said, “I was very close to the subject as I come from Bihar and had worked on it for two years. But I was completely left alone over the issue. There wasn’t much support at that point of time from the industry. Also I was not quite active on social media then.” Manish feels he fact that his humble beginning as an outsider also went against him.

“It is very difficult for an outsider to break into Hollywood without considerable support from people who call the shots in the industry. I am an outsider and I have struggled my way up to become a director,” admitted Manish.

While Mountain Man may not have happened with Dhanush, Manish is still hopeful that an opportunity to collaborate with the talented Tamil actor will happen sometime in future. – CINEWS

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