Good friends and the actor-director duo, Hrithik Roshan and Ashutosh Gowarikar, nearly had a tiff for a scene on their upcoming filmMohenjo Daro. According to a report in a leading daily, for one scene, the actor was required to overpower a 20-foot crocodile. Naturally, this was not possible to do with a live crocodile, so a remote-controlled plastic crocodile was used to film the scene. The rest was to be taken care of during the post-production stage with computer graphics (CG). The problem started when these pictures were released by the film’s team. As soon as the pictures of the crocodile came out in the media, people ridiculed the scene by calling it plastic, fake and unreal. Social media started trolling Hrithik and the fake crocodile shown in the pictures. The actor, a perfectionist, took this criticism to Ashutosh. He suggested that they re-shoot the scene and try and make the beast look real, but the director rejected the idea.
As quoted by the newspaper, a source said, “Ashu refused. Shooting a period film is very difficult and he wants to go by his own conviction. Ashu is convinced that they had filmed good footage and was not willing to change things because of comments on social media. This created some stress between the actor and the director. When Hrithik is not happy with his work, he is difficult to handle. It keeps niggling him and he gets restless. For now they have decided to stay away from the subject, lest it hamper the progress of the film.”
The status quo as of now is that Hrithik-Aushotosh are not re-shooting. But this is not the end. The actor and the director have both agreed to revisit this at a later stage. Mohenjo Daro, a movie based on pre-historic life, is slated to be released in Aug 2016.