Bachchan versus Bachchan
Although Abhishek Bachchan’s Kuch Naa Kaho was scheduled to come to the screens before his Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, it now seems certain that Mumbai would precede Kuch Naa Kaho.
Ramesh Sippy (Sholay) is into a bit of a financial problem – not a serious one – which he has to sort out before he can release son Rohan Sippy’s Kuch Naa Kaho. He has borrowed Rs 5 crore from the IDBI for the film, which is to be repaid with interest at the time of its release.
It is believed that Sippy was in negotiations with a leading builder of Bombay for helping him tide over his problems so that the Aishwarya-Abhishek film could be released at an early date. Meanwhile, Pahlaj Nihalani has succeeded in sorting out a few problems – again financial – that had delayed the release of his son, Vishal Nihalani’s Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost.
In fact, Apoorva Lakhia, the director of Mumbai Se..., was so fed up with the constant postponements of his debut film’s release that to enquiries about its release plans, he had begun to give a tongue-in-cheek reply. “Release? It will release on Friday! Which Friday, I’ve to figure out myself!”
Incidentally, Mumbai is now finally due to hit the screens on August 22, the same day as Amitabh Bachchan starrer Boom would come. Father pitted against the son! It should be an interesting Friday for the audience.