Akshay Kumar’s Joker to be screened in space?
Shirish Kunder seems to be trying everything possible to ensure that his upcoming sci-fi film, Joker, doesn’t face the same fate. He may not have found aliens to come and fill seats in theatres, but he’s got plans of taking the film to space!Updated: Jul 23, 2012 17:07 IST
The last time Shirish Kunder directed a movie (Tees Maar Khan, 2010), it sank without a trace. So, this time around, he seems to be trying everything possible to ensure that his upcoming sci-fi film, Joker, doesn’t face the same fate. He may not have found aliens to come and fill seats in theatres, but he’s got plans of taking the film to space!
In a promotional gimmick to beat all promotional gimmicks, it seems that producers UTV-Disney are planning to screen the upcoming film 230 miles above the earth, at the International Space Station (ISS).
A trade source reveals that the filmmakers are in talks with The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to work out the logistics to screen the film at the space station for astronaut Sunita Williams.
The Indian-American is currently on her second space expedition, accompnanied by Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko and Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide.
“UTV-Disney is trying to sort out the procedure to uplink the film from NASA so that the astronauts can watch it there,” says the source.The astronauts docked their spacecraft, Soyuz TMA-05M, at the ISS on Tuesday after two days in orbit. The source reveals that the plan is to screen Joker on the space station a day after its release on August 31. “They plan to screen the film for the astronauts on September 1,” says the source.
Shikha Kapur of production house UTV-Disney, says, “For Joker, we have many out-of-the-box ideas and they are all at the planning stage. We can’t disclose anything so early.
Joker involves a mysterious town called Paglapur, a UFO from space, aliens and a NASA scientist played by Akshay Kumar.
First Published: Jul 23, 2012 14:05 IST