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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra 'kills' Abhishek
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August 04, 2009
First Published: 19:06 IST(4/8/2009)
Last Updated: 20:04 IST(4/8/2009)

Though Delhi-6 didn't make moolah at the box-office, it's doing well nevertheless. The film which might find its way into Oscars, has been selected for one of the prestigious sections at Venice film festival.

The filmmaker before submitting his film, restored the original ending of Delhi-6. As per the initial version Abhishek's character was supposed to die.

Says Rakeysh, “This is quite exhilarating. The Venice film festival is considered as posh as Cannes and Berlin. So it’s great fun. I got the email informing me of Delhi-6 being selected at the Venice film festival on Thursday night. They loved the film. It will be screened on either 2 or 3 September.”

Apparently Rakeysh had been forced to incorporate a happy ending for the sake of distributors. He admits he wasn’t happy with the ending.

“I’ve a new beginning and end. This was how I originally intended the film to end with Abhishek’s character’s death. I’ve realised there were people who were genuinely confused by some aspects of the film. After much introspection I discovered where I had gone wrong. One thing was about the mirror and about looking within oneself, then the Kala Bandar metaphor also didn’t work...The joy of being selected for Venice has washed away all these wrongs in the script. I’ve been invited to share the platform with some of the world’s best filmmakers.”


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