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No takers for Jaggu dada’s Sai Baba?

Release delayed despite director’s claims that he’s getting good offers.

entertainment Updated: Jun 11, 2010 19:12 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Orion Productions’ Maalik Ek, the film in which Jackie Shroff relives the life of Sai Baba, reportedly has no buyers. It was expected to release in the second week of April but two months later, remains in the cans even though the director and producers are already on to their next project that will be based on the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Director Deepak Balraj Vij insists that his film has Baba’s blessings but couldn’t come during the IPL or with the big-ticket movies that followed soon after. “We’re planning on a July-August release,” he adds.

He insists that it will be dubbed in several languages and with Oriya, Bengali and other language subtitles. “Baba’s popularity has grown over the last decade. I’m also getting good offers for satellite and home video rights. There are no complaints,” he smiles.

What about the buzz that there are no buyers for the movie? “That’s pure fiction. As an active IMPAA member, I can tell you I have ample ways of recovering my investment unlike 280 odd films that have no takers,” he fumes.

When asked Jackie Shroff who plays Sai Baba in the film, he admits that he has no news about the release date of the film. “Last heard that it was going to release in July. I just hope the film releases this year. It’s one of my best works.”

Golden Temple

The temple is also called Harmandir Sahib.

The temple was built during the reign of Guru Arjan Dev.

In December 1588, Sufi saint Hazrat Mian Mir laid the corner stone.

It’s said that a mason straightened the stone and Guru Arjan told him that since he has undone the work of a holy man, Harmandir Sahib might stand witness to many human disasters.

The temple was completed in 1604. Guru Arjan Dev kept the Adi Granth in it and appointed Baba Buddha as the first Granthi (reader) of the temple on August 1604.

First Published: Jun 06, 2010 13:05 IST