It’s an advance birthday present for Kareena Kapoor. The release of her next big film, Heroine, has been pushed by a week, and will now hit screens on her birthday, September 21.
While it might be seen as a sweet gesture, it will now set up a three-way clash with two other women-centric films – Sridevi’s comeback film, English Vinglish, and Ishkq in Paris, which is being produced by Preity Zinta (she also stars in the leading role).
An insider from Heroine’s unit says, “The clash wasn’t planned at all. When it came to our notice that Bebo’s birthday was a week away from the original release date, we took a unanimous decision.” Director Madhur Bhandarkar says, “We decided to make things special for her (Kareena) with a bit of a reshuffle.” Heroine —after Khushi (2003) and Chameli (2004) — will see Bebo in a title role once again.
Kareena says, “I would call it (Heroine) my best work till date. After Jab We Met (2007), I think I have really put my sweat and blood into this film. So what better birthday gift than it coming out on the same day?” Ask her about the impending clash, and she adds, “I don’t think about such things. Many films release on a Friday. At the end of the day, you can’t really control it.”
Ask Madhur if the deferred date might have anything to do with his shoot schedule running a bit late and he says, “If that was the case, what difference would a week make? Heroine is on course. There’s no problem at all.” At the moment, Kareena is busy shooting for the song ‘Halkat jawani’ with choreographer Ganesh Acharya for the film.
Ás for the other two movies that will now be forced to compete with Heroine, English Vinglish is a comedy about a housewife who enrolls herself in an English-speaking course, while Ishkq In Paris is a romantic film set in the French capital.