Now Omung scraps Malang with Dutt!

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It is now more or less confirmed that Omung Kumar and Sanjay Dutt will not be working on any more films.Bhoomi, which released on September 22, was the maiden venture between the filmmaker and actor. The film tanked at the box office much to the dismay of both. Dutt, whose comeback film this was after his years of incarceration, did not express his disappointment. But Omung did. Publicly, the director admitted that Bhoomi was a flop. And privately, he let it be known that the effort of working with the emotional and temperamental actor was too much for him to handle. As a result, Omung has now reportedly canceled all future projects with Dutt.

What was in the pipeline was Malang and The Good MaharajaMalang, a romantic thriller, was to be directed by Omung’s assistant Aarambh Singh. While Omung himself was to helm The Good Maharaja which was based on the philanthropic life of Maharaja Jam Sahib Digvijaysinhji Ranjitsinhji, the ruler of Nawanagar, a princely state in British India. Both films have definitely been scrapped. Sources say that the relations between Omung and Dutt already strained during shooting because of their disagreements on set, have soured irreversibly after Bhoomi’s failure. As a result, the otherwise large-hearted Dutt is said to have kept Omung out of his recent Diwali party.

Dutt has now immersed himself totally in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3, the third film in the franchise being directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, in which he plays a gangster. The actor has done this kind of badass character before in Vaastav (1999) but now Dutt brings a new menace to the screen and was proud to share his look for the film on Instagram. Shooting for Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3, in which Chitrangda Singh, Mahie Gill, Nafisa Ali, Kabir Bedi and Jimmy Shergill also have key roles, has already begun in Bikaner. The first installment in 2011 had Randeep Hooda in a gangster’s role and the sequel had Irrfan Khan playing the gangster. The baton has now passed on to Dutt.

 

Meanwhile, after licking his wounds, Omung has quietly started work on a script that will reportedly have a star A-lister in the lead role. Unlike Bhoomi, which the director was proud to announce because it was Dutt’s big return to Bollywood, this time Omung is lying low and will not be drawn out to reveal what his future project is all about.

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