Reliance Entertainment Group CEO Shibashish Sarkar has reportedly cleared the air on the director’s credit for the upcoming Hrithik Roshan-starrer, Super 30. The film will now have no director’s credit, and Vikas Bahl will receive no credit for the film.
In a quote to the tabloid Mumbai Mirror, Sarkar was quoted as saying, “There will be no director’s credit for anyone.” Sarkar went on to add that Bahl is not “connected with the post-production” and that the film will be completed with its in-house partners.
Bahl, one of the co-founders of Phantom Films, was accused of sexually harassing a female crew member during the promotions of Bombay Velvet in 2015. By 2018, the split between Bahl, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane led to the dissolution of Phantom Films.
Super 30 will now be edited by Kashyap. In the report, Sarkar stated, “Anurag is a partner. He has edited films of other Phantom partners in the past. He agreed to take on this responsibility on Reliance’s request, and with a professional and commercial understanding.”
However, Sarkar added that it had been ‘agreed’ that Kashyap will not be given any credit for his work on the film either.
The CEO added that lead actor Hrithik had made ‘no request’ regarding Kashyap’s role in the film, or had no hand in the involvement. Sarkar went on to add that Bahl has been informed of the process, and has been given a severance pay for his removal from the project.
Bahl continues to fight a legal case to clear his name, and Sarkar opined that “if he can get an order clearing his name before the film’s theatrical release, either from the court or a competent body of course, as a company, we will reconsider whether his name can be given as the director.”
Super 30 will be out in theatres on 26 July 2019.