"It's no surprise that the film feels choppy and disjointed."
Director Ajay Bahl has broken his silence on the disastrous performance of The Lady Killer (2023).
The Lady Killer is a crime film that starred Arjun Kapoor (Rajendar Joshi) and Bhumi Pednekar (Jansey Burman).
The film followed the story of both characters as they set out to kill Vikram Burman (SM Zaheer).
Unfortunately, the film emerged as one of the biggest box office disasters in Bollywood history.
The Lady Killer was released on November 3, 2023. It has only earned Rs. 38,000 (£371).
This was abysmal, particularly for a film that featured two popular actors like Arjun and Bhumi.
Ajay Bahl opened up about the humongous bomb. He admitted that the film was incomplete.
He said: “To confirm, yes the movie is incomplete. 30 pages of the 117-page screenplay were never shot.
“A huge number of connecting scenes – Arjun and Bhumi’s entire romance Bhumi’s dependence on alcohol, Arjun’s sense of being trapped and losing everything and having to run from town, his sense of total despair, all these psychological beats are missing.
“So yes, it’s no surprise that the film feels choppy and disjointed and one finds it hard to connect with the characters.”
It was also alleged that Ajay did not get on with Bhumi and Arjun.
This led to speculations that the feuds may have contributed to the film’s failure.
Ajay addressed these allegations.
He explained: “Now, about the rumours floating out here, as director, it was extremely painful to shoot The Lady Killer, but absolutely not because of the actors.
“Arjun and Bhumi were sheer joy to work with.
“They gave their heart and soul to the film. The problem lied elsewhere but that is another story.”
The production of The Lady Killer was riddled with issues. A whole shooting schedule in Uttarakhand was cancelled due to bad weather.
The only apparent reason why it was released in cinemas was because of an obligation the makers had with digital platforms.
The film also had no promotions and the two lead stars hardly talked about it.
On the work front, Arjun Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar are currently filming Meri Patni Ka Remake.
Bhumi Pednekar will also be seen in Bakshak.
Apart from The Lady Killer, Ajay Bahl also helmed Blurr (2022). The film starred Taapsee Pannu (Gayatri/Gautami).
The Lady Killer was also a critical disaster and it sold only 293 tickets in India.