Mrs Maanyata Dutt, who was once Dilnawaz Shaikh when trying to make a career in Bollywood, had done an item number for Prakash Jha’s ‘Gangajal’. After the success of Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti, Gangaajal is being technically enhanced for renewed market appeal. The rumors doing rounds are that Sanjay Dutt has urged the film’s producer and director to re-release the film without the item song. But Jha is in no mood to delete anything.
Says the director, “It’s true we are re-doing the sound and visuals of Gangaajal, along with my other films Damul, Mrityudand and Apaharan. We’re doing the colour-correction and converting the sound to high-digital quality for blue-ray videos. We aren’t deleting anything from Gangaajal or any of the films being restored.”
Recalling Maanyata’s item song Jha says, “When she got selected to do the item song she really worked hard on it and made it a memorable number.” Though at that time she was called Dilnawaz Shaikh, she insisted on being billed as ‘Maanyata’ for the item song.”
Jha added, “I remember her as possessing great dignity and a passion to excel. God bless her.”
However, Dutt, who is right now in Oman, claims all this to be a baseless rumors and clarifies, “Maanyata is the love of my life and I am proud of her choices. I am not embarrassed about the song, so there is no question of me wanting to have it removed.
Prakash Jha is a sensible and talented director you cannot expect nonsense from him.
The song in the film is an important requirement as it takes the story forward; it’s not for mere entertainment purpose.”
Well, that’s a sensible quote from a sensible husband indeed!!