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Priyadarshan versus Tezz producer

Priyadarshan who had all but lost his battle to get the Mallika Sherawat number out of his new film Tezz, won a partial victory at the last minute.


Or so he thought.


The producers apparently agreed to remove Sherawat's item number from all prints in Delhi and Mumbai.


Says a source close to Priyadarshan, "Priyan was very sure he wanted the song removed at any cost. But the producers pleaded that the prints had already gone overseas and to the non-metropolitan centres. Priyan and Ratan Jain finally came to a compromise. The producer agreed to edit Mallika's number out of all prints in the metropolitan cities. However, finally Jain said he could only keep his word in Mumbai and Delhi."


Said a close friend of the director, "Priyan was requested to let the song be in non-metropolitan centers. He said the audiences will love Mallika's gyrations in Bihar, UP and likeminded centers. Though Priyan disagreed with the logistics dividing audiences in metropolitan and non-metropolitan groups, he relented because Ratan Jain spent 1 crores 35 lakh rupees on the song. However, expensive it may be the song had to go out of Delhi and Mumbai."


Or so Priyadarshan believed until Thursday afternoon, hours before the film's release.


When this writer contacted Ratan Jain, he said, "No the song is included everywhere (including Delhi and Mumbai)."


When one touched base with Priyan again, he was livid, "What can I say? I am getting to know they are not removing the song only now. I don't want to say anything negative when the film is hours away from release."

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