Bipasha Basu urgently needs some holiday cheer, because for one, she didn’t get much of a role in Dhoom 2 and her next release, Ajay Chandok’s Nehlle Pe Dehlla, has been sitting in the cans for five years now.
Basu is optimistic that the film, which also stars Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan and Kim Sharma, will finally see the light of day in February 2007.
“The film might have got delayed, but it still retains a certain freshness. It’s a comedy and comedy isn’t easily dated,” she said.
But she’s also wizened up, and is being choosier with the films she takes on.
"Today, it doesn’t make sense to do a film that can take ages to make and then to release. I’d rather do an interestingly packaged film that is certain to be seen by a large audience,” she said.
One of the twists in the film’s development was the title change it has gone through. When Dutt was dubbing for it two months ago, its name was changed from Nehlle Pe Dehlla to Jinny Aur Johny, but producer Mahendra Dhariwal reverted to the original title because he had already got publicity material that said Nehlle Pe Dehlla and he didn’t want to spend more money making a fresh lot with the new title.