“Chehre” producer Anand Pandit says the team steered clear of mentioning Rhea Chakraborty’s name in the upcoming film until its trailer launch as they wanted to give the actor some space from public scrutiny. The omission of Chakraborty’s name from the cast had raised some eyebrows when the film’s release date was announced earlier this year, but Pandit said it was not because they were worried about any backlash.
The 28-year-old actor found herself in the middle of a storm when she was arrested last September by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with its probe into the drugs angle related to the case of death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, her boyfriend. Chakraborty was subjected to a scathing social media trial — from death threats to constant vilification of her family — which many of her colleagues from the industry also criticised.
She is set to return to screen with the upcoming thriller “Chehre”, also starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi. When the film’s release date was revealed in February, the makers had avoided naming Chakraborty in the promotional materials, with the actor not even being tagged by any of the cast members during the announcement.
“I wasn’t worried about backlash at all, I wanted to give space to her. The poor girl has gone through so much turmoil in her life. I didn’t want to give it back to her, by adding her name,” Pandit told .