Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shahid Kapoor's Mausam to affect many

Shahid Kapoor's Mausam to affect many
Shahid Kapoor's Mausam has been postponed, this time by a week. Earlier scheduled for a September 9 release, the film will finally release on September 16. But this sudden development has had a ripple effect. 

It is Shahid and Priyanka Chopra starrer Kunal Kohli's untitled film which has suffered an abrupt change in plan, leaving Kohli with no option but to shoot his film in July. 

Now to clear your foggy glasses, we tell you how and what happened. Pankaj Kapur's Mausam has been rescheduled for a third time to release in mid September. Earlier, Shahid was supposed to start shooting for Kohli's film right after Mausam's release on September 9, but because of the change in plan Shahid now requires time to promote his father's film instead. Thus, the dates given to Kohli earlier will now stand cancelled. 

To help Kohli out, Shahid reallocated his dates and wanted to shoot in July instead of September. Priyanka, the lead actress, unfortunately, didn't have dates in July as she was shooting for Anurag Basu's Barfee. So, Kohli was wise enough to use his good rapport with Basu and request him to exchange their dates. Phew! Enough information? No? Okay here's more. 

Once when Kohli explained his situation to Basu, the director cooperated and agreed to exchange his dates. So Basu gave his July dates of Barfee to Kohli and agreed to shoot his in September. Now while Shahid promotes his Mausam in mid-September, Priyanka will shoot for Barfee. 

Thus Priyanka's dates were also taken care of. In a way it was a relaxing time for Basu as he seemingly didn't have an easy time shooting the film. First with rumours of Priyanka and Ileana not getting along and then the film's Darjeeling schedule going haywire, had disturbed Basu a bit. 

When contacted, Kohli said, "We had to adjust dates as Mausam is now released on the September 16. These days an artiste needs time for publicity and Shahid was justified in that. So, we decided to shoot the UK portions in July but the hitch was Priyanka's dates which were with Basu. So, I just picked up the phone and called Basu with whom I share a good rapport. 

We didn't want to break the flow of the shoot. In fact, Shahid was keen to shoot the Punjab schedule but I insisted on the UK schedule as the weather is right. Now we will shoot the Punjab schedule after Mausam releases." 

Kohli further said, "Basu also needed some time for his prep and it all worked out well for all of us. I am touched by Basu's gesture. All it required was one phone call. If need be, I will also do the same for Basu."

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