Omung Kumar denies chopping Richa’s scenes from ‘Sarbjit’

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha says “everyone’s roles were edited a bit” from the latest release “Sarbjit”, but “it was all in the interest of the film”. Director Omung Kumar, however, has maintained that no scenes featuring Richa were cut from the movie.

In a recent interview, Richa was quoted as saying that some key scenes that she had shot “had to go”. On this, Omung issued a statement: “It is completely untrue about us cutting her role. It is a bound script, the scenes were exactly the same before starting the film and I had narrated Richa the same. So, no scenes were cut of hers in the film.”

On her part, Richa thanked the audience for the response to the movie, and clarified her stance on the film’s final edit.

“Thank you for all the amazing reviews, but it really is teamwork and I have a great working equation with everyone on the film. Everyone’s roles were edited a bit but it was all in the interest of the film. Let’s not get nasty, it’s our labour of love,” the “Masaan” actress tweeted.

For her, the “Sarbjit” team “stands united”.

“Sarbjit”, which released on May 20, is based on the real-life story of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian villager who was convicted for spying and terrorism and languished in a Pakistani jail for several years, while his sister Dalbir Kaur tried vigorously to secure his release. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.

Actor Randeep Hooda plays Sarabjit in the film, while actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is seen as his sister Dalbir, and Richa plays Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet.

Co-produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Bhushan Kumar, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Sandeep Singh, Omung Kumar, Jackky Bhagnani and Krishan Kumar, “Sarbjit” has collected Rs.18.15 crore at the box office so far.

–IANS

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