Sholay running scared of Ek Tha Tiger?
The makers of the 3D version of the 1975 hit get cold feet, decide not to release the film on August 15
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 22, 2012)
The 3D version of the greatest blockbuster of our times, Sholay, had been announced amidst great fanfare and the magnum opus was to hit theatres on August 15 this year. At the time, G P Sippy’s grandson Shaan Uttam Singh, one of the copyright owners of the film, had said people would love to watch the classic with the technological augmentation.
However, it is learnt the makers of the 3D version have postponed the release date and while the reason for this decision isn’t quite clear, buzz is they are running scared of Salman Khan-starrer Ek Tha Tiger that will release around the same time.
A source close to the film told Mirror, “The changed date hasn’t been fixed yet. Earlier, it was okayed by the distributor and financer Jayantilal Gada to release the 3D version at the same time as Ek Tha Tiger. However, the promos of Ek Tha Tiger becoming a hit, they had second thoughts.”
When contacted, Jayantilal Gada sounded defensive, “We are not postponing the film because we are apprehensive of locking horns with Ek Tha Tiger. Who will not see Sholay? The point is we are not ready with our sound effects. Our team is still working on them.”
Our source refuted the claim saying, “The 3D version of Sholay is ready in all respects. Shaan Uttam Singh, G P Sippy’s grandson, had gone to the media with it. There is no other reason other than the fact that the makers of the 3D version have developed cold feet now. The promos of Ek Tha Tiger are looking really hot. Moreover, Salman is having a glorious run at the BO since a very long time now. It is always better to be safe than sorry.”
Also, with Ek Tha Tiger rumoured to be the first film in Bollywood to release on a Monday aka August 13, it would be impossible for people to see another film in the very same week, according to the source.
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