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Anwar release hits roadblock

In a last minute call, producer Rajesh Singh has postponed the December 29 release of his film, reports Vajir Singh.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 19:25 IST

In a last minute call, producer Rajesh Singh has postponed the December 29 release of his second film Anwar.

The reason, as per the news doing the rounds, is that one of the distributors of Manisha Koirala’s first home production Paisa Vasool, has approached the distribution association at Indore and brought in a stay.

He claims that Koirala, who stars in Anwar, is yet to pay up the losses incurred after Paisa Vasool bombed.

Confirming the news, Singh says, “A distributor called Sabharwal is standing against the release of the film. But we are working out a solution.” But Koirala is still in the dark. “I’m out of Mumbai right now. When I return on December 29, I’ll personally talk to her and settle the matter. I think with talks we will be able to overcome this crisis,” says a confident Singh.

The producer has other reasons for the delay — not getting the right theatres. Superstition also plays a hand here. “ Films released during the last week and the first week of any year have not done well,” he says with a sigh.

But the film is worth the wait, says Singh. “It may look like a small film for outsiders but you will realise that the canvas is actually bigger than the so-called big movies. You don’t know how much hard work I’ve put into making this film. The location, the cast, the crowd took a hell lot of time and commitment,” he says.

“With so much at stake, why take any chance?” he asks. The Manish Jha-directed film, which also stars Siddharth Koirala and Nauheed Cyrusi, will now release on January 12.

First Published: Dec 29, 2006 07:00 IST