It looks like Bollywood is in the mood to walk down memory lane. After Garm Hawa (1974) re-released this November, and a new trailer of Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) was released to mark its 1,000-week run at a city theatre, one more film might hit theatres again. If sources are to be believed, Salman Khan’s Maine Pyar Kiya (MPK, 1989) will be released once again next year.
An industry insider reveals, “December 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release. And to celebrate the occasion in a grand way, the makers have been contemplating releasing it again. They will bring out a clearer print of the film, which, in all likelihood, should release in December next year.”
The insider adds that the makers also have other plans. “In addition to releasing the film, they will also sell merchandise related to it. The film was a big hit when it first released and is a cult favourite, and the makers are hoping that fans will lap up the goodies.” However, the source goes on to add that these plans are yet to be finalised.
According to the insider, work on these ideas will only begin next year after Sooraj Barjatya, who directed MPK, wraps up his current film with Salman. “Right now, only a handful of people in Barjatya’s team know of this idea. He will finish his ongoing project with Salman by April 2015 at the latest, after which he will begin post-production work for the same. By then, the team will also try to figure out if their plans for the re-release of MPK are feasible,” says the insider.