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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Exhibitors say Aamir Khan arm-twisting

Exhibitors say Aamir Khan arm-twisting
Aamir armtwists exhibitors for a 2-week uninterrupted run for P.K., Anurag moves Bombay Velvet to Nov 28 for a 3-week headstart.

For the past few weeks, Anurag Kashyap has been miffed with Aamir Khan and Rajkumar Hirani for scheduling the release of P.K. on the same day as Bombay Velvet-Christmas 2014. He admitted as much to Mirror (March 18), saying, "All it would have taken is a phone call. It hurts, because I respect Raju as a filmmaker and as a person," repots Times of India quoting the Mirror.

Now Mirror has learnt that Aamir and his co-producers, Disney UTV, have asked single screen and multiplex owners to block their screens for P.K. for two weeks, from December 19 to January 1. The gameplan obviously is to monopolise the festive season.

When contacted, Anand Vishal, Head of Operations, Fun Cinemas, confirmed this, "Yes, the producers of P.K have asked for an uninterrupted two-week run from theatres Fun Cinemas will decide its plan of action closer to the date of release."

Nitin Datar, President, Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India, was more forthcoming, "Haan, this is true. Also, they want shows in multiplexes every half hour." Datar however warned that if P.K does not fare well, then exhibitors in agreement with distributors, could pull it out from some screens after the first week.

"I guess, we'll have to make some adjustments for P.K. since an Aamir film is a big draw. It remains to be seen if Bombay Velvet sticks to its Christmas release. However, we received some feelers late on Wednesday evening that Anurag could shift the release date to November 28. It would be good for the trade if the clash is averted," Datar asserted.

Obviously, he is not firing blanks because Anushka Sharma, Bombay Velvet's leading lady tweeted around 5.30 pm on Wednesday, "What's happening on Nov 28? You will know soon. Wait for my next tweet."

The next tweet was, "Won't be able to attend Bombay Velvet wrap up party tonight. Shooting for NH10 in Rajasthan. Will miss BV gang."

The announcement she was hinting at in the first tweet was connected to the wrap-up party. And at the said party, Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, and leading man, Ranbir Kapoor, reportedly confirmed that the period film will unveil on November 28. Mirror has it that the think-tank of Bombay Velvet had even discussed the idea of releasing the film on December 12, a week before P.K. but obviously a three-week headstart is a better option.

This is not the first time that two big films clashing at the box-office have been engaged in a tussle of this kind. Son of Sardar Vs Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Nov. 2012), Talaash Vs Khiladi 786 (Jan. 2013), Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara Vs Chennai Express (Aug. 2013) are three recent examples.

"It's not fair to ask theatres to run according to a filmmaker or star's whims and fancies. This is nothing but dictatorship and is uncalled for," Datar added.

Aamir's 'Raakh' to be re-released

Aamir`s `Raakh` to be re-released


This Aamir Khan-starrer will hit the big screen after 25 years

Aamir Khan-starrer, Raakh, will be re-released in June this year as part of PVR Director's Rare. Asif Noor, the film's now Dubai-based producer, tells hitlist, `We had initially planned to release the film in April-May, but then decided to push it ahead due to elections.`

Asif is also planning a reunion dinner with the film's cast and crew. He says, `We are working around their availability. Things should be finalised in a couple of days.`

It maybe pointed out here there were plans to re-release the film after its prints were digitally restored in 2009. Directed by Aditya Bhattacharya, the film had Santosh Sivan as its cinematographer while Aamir Khan, Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak acted in it. The film was a revenge-thriller about a young man who takes on the system after his friend is raped.`

Shiladitya Bora of PVR Directors Rare says, `This year marks the 25th anniversary of Raakh and we are excited to bring it show it again on the big screen under our banner. The entire film has been reframed as per Santosh Sivan's vision. The film has also been re-edited by Sreekar Prasad and Chandan Arora. We are looking forward to a release in select theatres.`

Speaking about the re-release, Santosh Sivan says, `It was my first film and I loved working on it. With Pankaj, Supriya, Aamir and others for company, it was a great experience and I remember being really excited to do something different.`

When this film released in the year 1989, it didn't do well at the box office. However, 'Raakh' did win critical acclaim. Pankaj Kapur won the National Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for this film.

By arrangement with Mid-Day.com


Friday, April 11, 2014

Aamir turns downs KJo's 'Shuddhi' again!

No Dostana:  Aamir turns downs KJo`s `Shuddhi` again!
Aamir Khan has apparently turned down Karan Johar's upcoming film

The latest buzz doing the rounds has it that Aamir Khan too has turned down Karan Johar's film, Shuddhi. Says a source, "Apparently, the film's script was sent to Aamir after Hrithik opted out of the project.

Back then, Aamir was not interested in the film and Karan Johar then offered the film to Ranveer Singh. With Ranveer declining the offer - he chose to take up Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film, 'Bajirao Mastani' - KJo apparently decided to again offer the film to Aamir Khan."

But it has emerged that this time too, Aamir has decided against taking up the project. "The first time around, he had asked Karan to give him some time to go through the script. He then turned it down saying that the script didn't work for him. Now hse has again politely refused to do the film," adds the source.

When contacted, Aamir Khan's spokesperson maintained that the actor has not been approached for 'Shuddhi'. Karan Johar remained unavailable for comment. With no cast in place, it remains to be seen if Shuddhi will keep its date (December 25) with the silver screen.

By arrangement with Mid-Day.com



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