Ranbir Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and Arjun Rampal have something in common — they all have films that were slated to release in the coming months, but have been pushed to 2015.
As a result, none of these actors will be seen on the big screen this year. Ranbir’s Bombay Velvet has been delayed from November to May 2015. His other three projects — Roy, Jagga Jasoos and Tamasha — are also likely to release next year.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy has been moved from its December slot to February 2015.
John Abraham and Anil Kapoor — who were last seen in Madras Cafe (2013) and Shootout At Wadala (2013) respectively — will return with Welcome Back in February 2015. The Anees Bazmee film was originally set to release in time for Christmas this year.
And Arjun Rampal, who was last seen in Satyagraha (2013), will be seen in a film only in 2015. Ask the film-maker about whether protracted absence affect a star’s market, and he says, "If an actor does just one quality film in two years, it’s enough, provided that film does good business and is liked by the audience."
In 2001, after the release of Dil Chahta Hai, Aamir Khan didn’t have a release for four years. "But when Mangal Pandey (2005) released, did it affect his stardom or star power? If an actor has established himself to a certain level, then he doesn’t have to worry about the gap," reasons exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.
On the other hand, trade analyst Amod Mehra says, "All actors should have at least one release per year to keep their fans happy. Remember, out of sight means out of mind."