Ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off in 2008, Bollywood has shied away from a confrontation with cricket. And the trend has been followed every year, giving the sporting extravaganza uninhibited space to grab eyeballs.
But in 2012, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Sawaari (FKS), which stars Sharman Joshi as the lead actor, is all set to break that norm. It has been learnt that Chopra plans to release his film, which is directed by newbie Rajesh Mapuskar, on April 27, 2012, a date that falls right in the middle of the IPL matches.
The fifth edition of the tournament will be held from April 4 to May 27 next year. “Last we heard, a major chunk of the shooting had been completed, accounting for about 60 per cent of the film. So we were expecting Chopra to release it by mid-2012. After all, no filmmaker has ever made the decision to release a movie in the middle of the IPL, especially in India, since cricket is almost a religion here,” says an industry source.
When contacted, director Mapuskar confirms, saying, “Yes, we are releasing in the middle of IPL season.” He added with a smile, “As filmmakers, we would like to believe that FKS is one of the most awaited films of the year. So that’s why we have decided on April 27 as the release date.”
FKS has been a special film for Chopra, as well as for 3 Idiots (2009) director Rajkumar Hirani, who’s written the dialogue. Both Hirani and Chopra had to put their other projects on the backburner.