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04-16-2009, 11:30 AM #1
Jiah Khan signs a 3-film deal with Madhu Mantena & 2-film deal with UTV
By Subhash K. Jha, April 15, 2009 - 09:55 IST
Incensed by the outrageous ouster of Jiah Khan from Ken Ghosh's Yahoo, the Ghajini producer Madhu Mantena has immediately signed Jiah for a 3-film deal.
"I think I owe her that," says Madhu Mantena, "Especially after the way she has been treated."
Jiah who has so far been very quiet about the unceremonious dismissal finally spoke up about being sacked after shooting 90 percent of the film.
"What can I say? The producer and director know best. God has a unique way of weaving things out. I must admit I was very low after what happened. When Madhu's call came it was like a sign from heaven."
The actress met up with the producer on Monday afternoon. One of the films that Jiah has apparently been signed for is the much talked-about sequel to Ghajini.
Jiah has learnt the virtues of caution. "It's much too early to talk about what we're doing together. But the important thing is, Madhu came forward when he thought I was in a situation. UTV whose film Yahoo I lost (apparently because the role was changed, and I've no reason to disbelieve them), have also signed me for a 2-film deal."
Why sign Jiah for 2 films after sacking her? Jiah shrugs, "I'm too small, too new and too much of an outsider to comment on why UTV did what they did. I did work for almost two years on Yahoo. I performed a very difficult dance number with Shahid. And I was very proud of matching steps with him. Like I said it's not mine to question why."
Jiah has also signed Sajid Khan's House Full where she has two other leading ladies Deepika Padukone and Lara Dutt fighting for Akshay Kumar's attention.
"But I've my own track. And I get to do comedy for the first time. I was very good at comedy in acting school." Then after a pause she says, "At last I've something to laugh about".
The hurt of rejection and betrayal is barely concealed under the wry laughter.