Golden Star Ganesh’s second home production Kool has run into a plethora of problems. After producer Shilpa Ganesh, changed the female lead overnight, now the director has been shown the doors.
Kool was launched on a great note with Shilpa announcing Hindi TV actress Aamna Sharief as the female lead. But on the day the film went on the floors, Aamna was nowhere to be seen. Shilpa announced a new heroine – Sana Khan – as the new female lead as director Mussanje Mahesh was not keen on casting Aamna. The director’s argument – it was difficult for him to portray Aamna as a college girl.
However, one-and-a-half-days into the shooting of Kool, the director has been shown the gates. The reason – differences with ace cinematographer Rathnavelu over shot composition. Now, we hear that Ganesh plans to direct Kool. But nothing has been finalized yet.
Mussanje Mahesh who has directed the yet-to-be-released Ganesh-Priyamani starring Eno Onethara was roped in for Kool two months ago. Mussanje Mahesh and Ganesh, who shared a healthy relationship during the making of Eno Onethara, jointly developed the script for Kool. But once the film was announced, relationship between the two turned shaky. Shilpa was keen on casting Aamna Sharief as the female lead of Kool, but Mussanje Mahesh was opposed to it. Shilpa had to bow down to his request of replacing the heroine. The change done overnight brought some bad press for Ganesh as Aamna went public accusing the makers of Kool of withholding the project details.
Rathnavelu became the next target of Mussanje Mahesh. Rathnavelu was Ganesh’s selection. The duo had earlier worked in acclaimed film-maker Yogaraj Bhat’s Gaalipata. Ganesh announced Kool only after obtaining dates from Rathnavelu. Once Kool shooting started, Mussanje Mahesh accused Rathnavelu of changing shots composed by him. “Rathnavelu changed my shot compositions several times. I took up the issue with him as well as Ganesh and Shilpa. But it did not work. So, I decided to walk out of the film. I do not want to be the director of Kool just for the heck of it,” Mussanje Mahesh contended.
But there’s more to it. According to sources, Mussanje Mahesh wanted to make it clear that he was the “boss”. “It is true that Rathnavelu and Mahesh had differences over shot composition. But Mahesh was not ready for compromise. He would question every decision taken by Rathnavelu. It was clear that Rathnavelu was getting frustrated. Ganesh did not want this development to affect the making of Kool. Therefore, he asked Mussanje Mahesh to voluntarily give up his role,” the sources added.
Now, Mussanje Mahesh has approached the Kannada Film Directors & Writers Association with his complaint against Ganesh. The Association is likely to issue a notice to Ganesh and his producer-wife Shilpa.
Mussanje Mahesh’s only hit so far has been Sudeep’s movie Mussanje Maathu. None of his other films have clicked. He is known for running into problems with stars acting in his movies. He even had problems with top actress Pooja Gandhi when the two worked for Iniya.
Will Eno Onethara suffer due to this development? Wait and watch.