Marketing team put glamorous Aishwarya Rai on Jazbaa posters, says Sanjay Gupta: ‘That was not my film’

Sanjay Gupta, director of Aishwarya Rai and Irrfan-starrer Jazbaa, has opened up about what actually went wrong with the film that led to its poor performance at the box office. He has said the marketing team showed a ‘glamourous’ Aishwarya on the poster, who in fact was ‘there in the mud and dust’ as a desperate mother in the film. “They were selling the wrong film,” he has said. Also read: Aishwarya Rai remembers late dad on his birth anniversary, shares pic with Aaradhya

Jazbaa wrapped up at around 25. 23 crore nett at the domestic box office. Aishwarya played a lawyer, whose daughter is kidnapped and Irrfan joins her in the capacity of a cop to help her. It marked Aishwarya’s comeback in films after a five-year-long break.

Talking about the film, Sanjay told Times of India in an interview, “Jazbaa was a case of very bad marketing. The team that was marketing the film suddenly put out these posters and banners of a very glamorous Aishwarya Rai running in a leather jacket. That was not my film. They put out these posters of Irrfan posing in sunglasses and a leather jacket. That was not my film.”

He added, “My film was about a mother who was desperate and I think I was the first or second person who stripped Aishwarya of hair and makeup completely. She was there in the mud and dust, screaming, shouting, wanting her child. That first poster that we put out got so much traction. If only we had stuck to that. A lot of the audience got alienated before the release of the film. People thought, ‘Arre! She’s just trying to be a shadow of her former self’, which was not the case. I feel somewhere, I have let her down, I let Irrfan down, I let my team down by not fighting hard enough with the ridiculous studio heads deciding on the campaign of the film. They were selling the wrong film.”

Jazbaa's first poster featuring Aishwarya Rai.
Jazbaa’s first poster featuring Aishwarya Rai.

Jazbaa was the Hindi remake of 2007 South Korean film Seven Days. It also starred Shabana Azmi, Jackie Shroff, Atul Kulkarni and Chandan Roy Sanyal.

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