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I paid Nana Patekar’s milk bills, says Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Vidhu Vinod Chopra re-ignites his old rivalry with Nana Patekar by telling the media how he had to pay for the actor’s milk during his early days
Amrapali Sharma (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 4, 2012)
Much like old habits, old rivalries too, die hard. So, when the opportunity presented itself, Vidhu Vinod Chopra couldn’t help but take a shot at Nana Patekar, the actor who had never had a cordial relationship with the filmmaker. At the screening of Parinda, at the ongoing Vidhu Vinod Chopra retrospective, the filmmaker reminded everyone of the days when he had helped not only with a big break in the film, but also monetarily.
Though it became a bit awkward for the people gathered (including Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, Jackie Shroff, Shivkumar Subramaniam and Imtiaz Hussain) at the event, a question answer session with the filmmaker, Chopra revealed how he spotted Nana in a Marathi play titled Purush. “The first thing I told Nana was that he needed to gain weight. I wanted him to have a lot of milk. Since he was poor at the time, he couldn’t afford it. So, I arranged for milk to be delivered to his house. I paid the bill,” said Vidhu at the gathering.
Nana, who wasn’t present at the event, was livid when he heard about the incident. To Mirror, he said, “Let him say whatever he feels like. I don’t care.”
According to media reports, Nana had never shared a good rapport with his Parinda filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra. During the making of 1942 – A Love Story, Chopra approached Nana for a small role. This spoiled their relationship further, since Nana did not feel that the role was good enough for him. Ever since, Nana had remained away from VVC productions.