Jha refuses to cut out Manyata’s item song from ‘Gangaajal’

Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 20:24 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Not many know that before becoming Mrs Dutt, Manyata, more popularly known as Dilnawaz Sheikh, was a budding starlet, who did a sizzling item number ‘Alhad mast jawani’ in Prakash Jha’s ‘Gangaajal’(2003).

Well, even as most of us have forgotten Manyata’s item number, buzz has it that Jha is soon coming out with a technically enhanced version of ‘Gangaajal.’ It is believed that friends and well wishers of Sanjay Dutt have urged the director and producer not to re-release the flick with Manyata’s item song. However, Jha is adamant on not deleting anything from his film.

Talking to a news daily, Prakash Jha said, “It’s true we are re-doing the sound and visuals of ‘Gangaajal’, along with my other films ‘Damul’, ‘Mrityudand’ and ‘Apaharan.’ We’re doing the colour-correction and converting the sound to high-digital quality for blue-ray videos. We aren’t deleting anything from ‘Gangaajal’ or any of the films being restored.”

In fact, speaking on Manyata’s item number, Jha said, “When she got selected to do the item song she really worked hard on it and made it a memorable number. I remember her as possessing great dignity and a passion to excel. God bless her.”