Utpal Borpujari

October 1, 2010

Ayodhya: Film industry heaves a sigh of relief on ‘Robot’ release eve

By Utpal Borpujari

For the film industry, the Ayodhya verdict and the calm response to it has come as a huge relief as Friday will see the release of Rajnikanth-starrer Endhiran and its Hindi version Robot, the costliest-ever Indian film with a Rs 150-crore budget.

Friday will also see the release of Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra-starrer Anjaana Anjaani, whose released was postponed last week because the court verdict was originally scheduled to come last Friday.

Apart from that, two other films – Khichdi The Movie based on the popular TV show Khichdi, and small budget Benny and Babloo – will be releasing this Friday.

The stakes are really high for Robot, as it will hit 2,000 screens worldwide in its all the versions. With top-notch Hollywood technicians involved in the project, the film is being touted as the biggest visual extravaganza ever to come out of Indian film industry.

The Shankar-directed film, also starring Aishwarya Rai, has been produced by Kalanithi Maran, owner of the Sun TV and grand-nephew of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, and expectations are running high about the film even in the Hindi film market.

Industry sources confided that its makers and distributors were hugely relieved at the way political parties have reacted to the verdict, and that there had been no untoward incident anywhere following its announcement.

Another big budget film, Priyadarshan’s Aakrosh that depicts the story of so-called ‘honour’ killings and stars Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna, was also scheduled to release on October 1 but it was postponed to October 15.

The sense of apprehensions regarding the outcome of the verdict in the film industry had come out in the last two days with messages for peace being Tweeted by prominent stars and directors.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 01-10-2010)

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/100931/bollywood-breathes-easy-post-verdict.html

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1 Comment »

  1. the film industry is of course a multi billion dollar industry that employs a lot of people ,,:

    Comment by Locket Necklace — December 2, 2010 @ 4:54 am | Reply


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