According to reports, Sonu Sood quit 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' since Kangana Ranaut took over the director's seat. The Queen actress reasoned that Sonu did not want to work under a woman director. However, according to a report, that was not the reason for his exit.
Lambasting Kangana for her 'woman director' remark, Sonu told Pinkvilla, “Let's not confuse the two. I've worked with Farah Khan [For Happy New Year] who's a competent woman director and Farah and I had a great professional equation and we are still best of friends. That's all I would like to say.”
Manikarnika's producer Kamal Jain cleared the air by saying that the actor had left the project on mutual agreement and denied having any grudges against the Dabangg actor. Kamal was quoted as saying, "Our team is totally focused and dedicated to finish the patchwork shoot to complete the film on time as our release date of 25th Jan 2019 is set in stone. The post-production and VFX is going on in full swing and as well as the balance and patch shoot. I have utmost respect and love for Sonu and he is like family to us. With a heavy heart, we have mutually decided to part ways due to his date unavailability. He is a thorough professional and have his dates committed to 'Simmba' which is also releasing in December. I would love to work with him in the future again."
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Sonu's spokesperson revealed a statement which said, "Sonu has always been a thorough professional and honored all his commitments. He had informed the makers of Manikarnika about his dates and schedule well in advance. Inconveniencing the team of his current film, to accommodate the demands of another are against his professional principles. Sonu has taken the higher road ahead and wishes the team of Manikarnika all the best."