Filmmaker Shashank Khaitan reveals why the Varun Dhawan starrer Mr Lele was shelved

Shashank Khaitan also called the cancellation a blessing in disguise as no one could see the coronavirus pandemic coming.
Written By Apoorv Shandilya | Updated: August 17, 2020 12:50 IST
Filmmaker Shashank Khaitan reveals why the Varun Dhawan starrer Mr Lele was shelved

In a recent interview filmmaker, Shashank Khaitan called the cancellation of his film Mr. Lele a blessing in disguise. The filmmaker was referring to the coronavirus pandemic as it would have made the film very difficult. Shashank revealed that if they began work on the film the pre-production aspect would have cost them a lot of money.
In his interview with Mid-Day Shashank said, “As per our original plan, we were supposed to start filming on March 13. The (suspension of shoots) was announced on March 15. So, the stalling of our film was a blessing in disguise; otherwise, we would have ended up spending a lot more on the pre-production.”
“We were not able to form a flow for the shoot. It was a small film that was to be based in Mumbai, but things were not falling in place. I kept feeling that something is not right. Since Karan [Johar, producer], Varun Dhawan and I collectively felt it, we decided to hold off the project for the time being,” he added.
The director announced the film cancellation in March. He had announced saying, “Hi Guys, here is an update on Mr. Lele. Karan Johar, Varun and I have mutually decided to postpone the shooting of the film. Its a script we all love and am sure will revisit soon. But scheduling the film was turning out to be very tough, as the film has a solid ensemble cast and the dates were just not falling into place.”
“I am very sure Varun and I will collaborate soon, either on Mr. Lele itself or on something new, as collaborating with him has always been the most joyful and fulfilling experience in my life,” he added.