Charmi Kaur is basking in the success of her film Jyothi Lakshmi, a film she has acted in and co-produced too. But with success, she is also confronted with nasty rumours of being in an alleged relationship with filmmaker Puri Jagannath, accused of taking control of his life and needlessly interfering in his projects too — much to the disapproval of others in the industry.
Charmi is unperturbed. “I am very happy in my personal and professional life. With Jyothi Lakshmi, I turn a producer and I am looking forward to making this a career too. Puri garu has a loving wife and son. I have met his wife on certain occasions and they are a very understanding couple. He is a fantastic family man, I respect him.
“Since I am working with him, both as a producer and an actor, spending time together is inevitable. We have to move about together at times, we do attend parties and go for work related issues together. Wagging tongues can’t be stopped. Being in the field of glamour, I am fully aware of the fact that such tales are part and parcel of the profession. I can only say, we are good friends and make a great professional team.”
Interfering on the sets
As a first-time producer, I did take care of certain aspects. One of them was to ensure every minutest prop was in place before the director said ‘Roll’. I would yell on top of my voice if something was missing. Apart from that why will I interfere in a zone which is not mine? Will Puri garu allow me to do so? He is an intelligent director, he knows his work fully well. Some male egos aren’t able to digest the fact that intelligent people like Sri Kalyan and Puri garu have recognised my talent as an actor and as a producer. I have been given a chance to co-produce Jyothi Lakshmi. A handful of male chauvinists aren’t able to deal with the fact that Charmi is a famous actor, as well as a hard-working producer. All I can say is ‘Take a chill pill guys!!’”
Giving away a secret, she confirms, “We are in the process of dealing with a big Hindi production house for the remake rights of Jyothi Lakshmi. I cannot divulge much about the cast and credits that have been finalised, however, big actors will be performing in the remake. There is no looking back for me now.”...