This article was last updated on June 18, 2022
“Esha has just signed Chakravyuh with Prakash Jha which means she has been given the kind of flexibility that perhaps hasn’t been allowed for Sunny”, informs a trade source, “It’s a known fact that Esha too has a three film contract with Bhatts. It isn’t exclusive though which means she can do films with other production houses as well. However, Sunny doesn’t boast of such freedom because when Ram Gopal Varma expressed his desire to rope her in for a special item number in Department, he had to return empty handed.”
Resultantly, Ramu had to start looking elsewhere which led to the discovery of Brazilian model Nathalia Kaur. So happy was Ramu with the results on screen that he quickly took a dig on the Bhatts and said, “We were trying for Sunny Leone but by God’s grace it didn’t work out or otherwise we would have missed out on Nathalia. I thank God for that!”
While Sunny’s loss turned out to be Nathalia’s gain, Esha and Jha didn’t have to go through any such heartburn as Bhatts readily allowed their discovery to step into Chakravyuh.
An industry expert has a different view though and says in a guarded tone, “Who knows what really happened between Ramu and Bhatts? No one knows for sure whether they actually discussed Sunny’s contract at all or not. In fact much before Sunny’s name cropped up, Ramu was supposed to have already finalised Nathalia. All such talks about contract playing spoilsport may just be helping the PR exercise of both Sunny as well as Nathalia.”
Whatever be the case, at least Prakash Jha and Esha are happy that they have been ‘allowed’ to work together without any bad blood, hassles or controversy. For the young actress too, it is a great opportunity to be sharing screen space with the likes of Abhay Deol and Arjun Rampal after being pencilled in for two films opposite Emraan Hashmi – Jannat 2 and Raaz 3.
While Mukesh Bhatt wasn’t available for comment on the exclusivity bit for his discoveries, Prakash Jha confirmed that he had indeed managed to bring Esha on board.