Production of Aamir Khan’s new biopic of Guishan Kumar, founder of the T-series music label, is already underway, but the lead star Akshay Kumar has walked out! Akshay’s look for the film had already been revealed when the actor decided he couldn’t play the part due to differences over the script: “We did not agree on the script.” There are no further details as to what those creative differences were, but we do know that there’s been some recent controversy over the film Sanju’s portrayal of Sanjay Dutt’s life, so it’s possible Akshay is hesitant to play a part in a script that misrepresents the life of Guishan.
Guishan had an interesting but short life – he began his career selling records and audio cassettes, running a business called “Super Cassettes Industries” before creating the famous music label he’s known for, T-Series. Today, the record label is the most prominent one in the music industry – but Guishan tragically did not get to live to enjoy his success for long, as he was shot at age 41. The Mumbai underworld organization D-Company had something to do with the murder, but police could never prove that the man who eventually confessed was a contract killer. Such an interesting life story and a tragic death demands a sensitive retelling, and we are wondering if Kumar thinks it missed the mark in some way.
Ranbir Kapoor’s performance in Sanju was hailed as one of the best performances he has given, but the movie has been criticised for painting Sanjay Dutt as a victim under circumstances that could be interpreted as more complicated, and for leaving out any mention of his first two wives. The movie portrays Dutt as a ladies’ man that eventually finds love, but doesn’t tell the more complicated story about his relationships with women that it should have. Perhaps Kumar is worried about similar criticisms of this new film.
Rumour now has it that Ranveer Singh is slated for the lead role, but this has yet to be confirmed. However, if you’re an Akshay Kumar fan, there are still a lot of upcoming movies to be excited about! Notably, Kumar will play a supporting role in 2.0 as Dr. Richard, scheduled to come out in November. We’ll see him shortly in the movie Gold, a historical sports drama with Kumar playing the lead role of Tapan Das. He’ll also star in Kesari, a period war drama slated for release in March 2019, and finally in the upcoming comedy Housefull 4, whose release date is yet to be confirmed.
With so many projects on the go, it’s no wonder Akshay can pick and choose who he wants to work with – but the creative differences still must have been significant for him to drop out of the movie after his look had already been announced! For all of us who are curious about what Akshay’s specific issue with the movie was, it looks like we will have to see it when it comes out and decide for ourselves!