What?s happening on the Goal front?
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What?s happening on the Goal front?

UTV is having second thoughts about going ahead with the Vivek Agnihotri directed film, writes Vajir Singh.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 18:48 IST

After hogging much newsprint, UTV is having second thoughts about going ahead with the Vivek Agnihotri directed Goal.

Tradewallahs say the production house feels that John Abraham, who plays the lead, may not be able to carry the mega-budget film on his shoulders. The reason: Abraham’s hat trick of flops with Kabul Express, Babul and Salaam-e-Ishq.

Though Abraham has reserved bulk dates for the film also featuring Bipasha Basu, the production house is facing problems getting the dates of Arshad Warsi one of the most sought after actors today.

“John is gung-ho . about the project and he is going out of his way to accommodate UTV, but the production house’s main concern is getting Warsi’s dates,” a source confirms.

Also, the shooting of Goal was supposed to start a few days ago in London, but faced visa hassles. The production house applied for employment visas instead of work permits. “It’s unbelievable that a reputed banner like UTV would commit such a goof-up. Visas for John and Arshad Warsi were also rejected,” reveals a unit member.

The production house now plans to apply for work permits. “We’ve been told that the shooting will commence from February 13. But we’ve no idea how it will be possible. With so many days wasted, I don’t know how they plan to finish the shoot,” wonders one of the unit members.

“We were told that since it’s going to be quite cold in London, we’ll get a break of a couple of days regularly If we leave late for London, we may end up working day and night,” say other unit members.

Another unit member insists that UTV won’t dump the project, “We’ve been told that the project will be handled by the UTV’s sister concern in London. This is being done to curb costs. We’ve been made to sign a three page contract letter here, the main draft will be given to us in London,” informs another unit member.

In lieu of cost cutting, the production house had even asked the supporting actors to share accommodation. “We didn’t agree to share the room. We’ve never done that before. They have agreed to give us single room accommodation,” says one of the crew members.

First Published: Feb 08, 2007 21:30 IST