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Film on 26/11 delays release

Operation Mumbai was to release on July 15, pushed to August, producers don’t want to cash in on tragedy

bollywood Updated: Jul 17, 2011 14:25 IST
Serena Menon

While most would think that releasing a film on terrorism this weekend would be timely, the makers of Operation Mumbai don’t. The producer of the film based on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was scheduled to release on July 15. But because another serial blast took place two days before it was supposed to hit theatres, the makers have decided against releasing it until August 12.

“We do not want to look like we are cashing in on the recent attacks,” says Ajit Verma, the director. “So we will now release it in Mumbai and other major centers in August. For now, since the promotions have already been done, we will only release it in small centres around UP.”

The Rs 5 crore film that re-creates the story of Ajmal Kasab and his accomplices’ attack on the city in 2008 faced a lot of issues while it was being shot, which is why it took over two years to complete it. Afraid that they would get dragged into another controversy if they released it two days after another attack, the producer decided to stay safe.

“There is a very essential message in the film, and we do not want that message to get lost among controversy and drama. We do not want to use a sensitive issue like this to push our collections,” adds Verma, whose film is being distributed up North by NK Film Enterprises. “The film explains how nnocent young people get brainwashed into doing wrong things, and hopefully when they see this film, they will realise how careful they have to be.”