Sonu Sood had to walk out of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” owing to his professional commitment towards “Simmba”. And the actor says not being a part of the period drama will always bother him.
“Not being a part of ‘Manikarnika…’ will always bother me. I will always miss that whole experience of shooting for the film because the film was very special to me,” Sonu told.
“But sometimes things are not meant to happen and I was not meant to be part of ‘Manikarnika…’. I just want to wish the team all the best. I am sure everyone has worked really hard on the film and film has to do well for every individual associated with the film,” he added.
Sonu walked out of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” due to the clash of the looks he required to sport in the two films. In Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, Sonu is seen with a beard, but in “Manikarnika…” he was supposed to have a clean shaven look as a warrior.
When Kangana Ranaut stepped in to re-shoot some portions of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, which tells the story of Rani Laxmibai, Sonu was unable to change his look owing to his commitment towards “Simmba”.
But Kangana, the leading lady of “Manikarnika…”, claimed that Sonu left the movie as he “refused to work under a woman director”. He denied all these allegations last year. He was replaced by Zeeshan Ayyub in the film, which will release on January 25.
Asked if he is willing to work with Kangana, Sonu said: “She has always been a very close friend and I have no qualms against her. I would like to wish her all the best.”