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Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladdin in trouble

Adlabs and the Sippys have pulled out of Sujoy Ghosh’s Aladdin starring Big B and Riteish Deshmukh.Shaikh Ayaz reports.
None | By Shaikh Ayaz, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2007 06:53 PM IST

Just a few weeks ago, life was coming up roses for director Sujoy Ghosh. He was hogging reams of newsprint with the announcement of his project, Aladdin, toplining Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and Sanjay Dutt. But, in a double jhatka of sorts, the film has hit rough weather.

Adlabs Films, the principal financier for the Rs 45 crore special effects bonanza, has pulled out. Reportedly, it didn’t want to back a project in which Bachchan plays second fiddle to Deshmukh. Aladdin features Deshmukh in the title role of Aladdin Chatterjee, Bachchan as a genie and Dutt as the villain.

News is that Ramesh and Rohan Sippy , who were putting the project together, have washed their hands off Aladdin. Trade talk is that with every passing day, Ghosh’s budget kept shooting up.

Now, Sujoy is producing the film himself. Apparently, he has already secured Bachchan’s dates. We smsed Ghosh, but he didn’t reply. Pravin Nischol of Adlabs Films admitted that they weren’t associated with the project anymore.

He explained, “We are not concerned with Sujoy.We have a tie-up with the Sippys.. if they pull out of a particular film, it is obvious that we would do so too.”

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