No more bad publicity for me: Diganth
Diganth and his dates have always been a topic of discussion in Sandalwood. Over the past few months, namma doodh peda has drawn much attention, including from the media and film-makers, for not being able to keep his commitments — because Diganth
had allotted the same dates to three other films!
The latest was about Diganth having bungled dates for Ee Preethi, a film that’s being made by NRIs, Priya Bharathi and Narayan Hosmane. Diganth has just returned from the US after wrapping up the second schedule of Ee Preethi. Has the problem been sorted out? “Yes, I was shooting there for 20 days, from February 20 to March 9. We’ve managed to shoot a bit and I’ll be going back in June for another 20 days to complete the film,” says Diganth. But industry insiders tell us that the actor was just sitting around for the first five days of his schedule in the US. “Although Diganth had reported for shooting, the team was still sorting out locations. Even the crew hadn’t been finalised. So, he had to wait till everything was settled,” adds our source.
True? “It happened even during my first schedule. But I have no issues with them now because everything’s set right. Narayan uncle (the producer) has been really good to me and promised me that the next time I go there, everything will go smoothly,” defends Diganth. But Ee Preethi has been in the making for a while now, since Diganth had signed it at the same time as Gaalipata. Isn’t that too much time spent on one film? “But we couldn’t help it. I don’t know whom to blame, but problems have been caused to both of us. Our visas were rejected twice. So the schedule had to be postponed, throwing all our dates into a tizzy. It’s all fine now,” clarifies Diganth.
But why did he get into such a flap regarding his dates? “I was handling everything myself — my films, my dates and my remuneration. It was getting too much for me, considering my busy schedule. Sometimes, I’d forget the dates I had allotted even three or four months ago!” says the actor. “Now,” he continues, “everything will be back on track. I won’t be in a mess henceforth. I have hired a manager, Ganesh, especially to handle my dates. So, I’ll be more organised and won’t attract bad publicity anymore,” promises Diganth.