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Talaash not similar to Kahaani: Reema Kagti

PTI  New Delhi, March 21, 2012
First Published: 16:41 IST(21/3/2012) | Last Updated: 17:36 IST(21/3/2012)

Writer-director Reema Kagti has quashed reports that the release of her Aamir Khan starrer Talaash has been postponed because the film bears similarities with Kahaani.

"I am rather surprised about these rumours. We have moved the release of the film to November because we didn't want it to clash with Aamir's TV show but some chose to build their own stories. I have heard a lot about Kahaani. Sujoy Ghosh is a good friend and I am sure it would be fantastic. But there is nothing that is similar about the two films," Kagti told PTI.

Kahaani, starring Vidya Balan, is a thriller and the trailers of Talaash also indicate that the film belongs to the same genre but Kagti believes that comparing the two films is too much. She believes that the rumours started making the rounds after Talaash release was postponed soon after the release of Kahaani.

"Let Talaash release and the film will speak for itself. People will realise on their own that there is no similarity whatsoever."

The film, a co-production of Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, has been in news ever since it was announced around two years back.

With Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherji joining the cast, the film became all the more special. There is lot of curiosity about Talaash because it is releasing almost three years after Aamir's 3 Idiots.

Aamir Khan in a still from Talaash


Kagti, who started her career with the impressive Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, is not worried that the film, originally slated to release last December, has been delayed by a year and would now hit the screens on November 30.

"Such things happen. A film getting delayed is not uncommon. The film is ready and the first edit is also in place. I am not bothered that the film will arrive a few months later. I am chilled out.

"The sets of Aamir's TV show had caught fire. After that it was inevitable that there would be delay and it was bound to have a ripple effect on Talaash. It is just that the announcement has come now.

The director also denies that they had to re-shoot certain portions of the film because of Kahaani.



"There is just a little patchwork of a couple of shots to be done which would take half a day. Anyone familiar with little bit of filmmaking would know that it is common for most of the films but you can't change the film's storyline in such a short time."

Now that there are few more months before the release, Kagti is happy to have some extra time to promote the movie.

"Aamir will see the first edit soon. There are other ideas that are being firmed up for the film's marketing and promotion. There is still some time before they are unveiled," she said.

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