2014 has begun decently well, with 'Jai Ho' collecting Rs 107 crore at the Indian box office, followed by 'Gunday', 'Hasee to Phasee' and 'Yaariyan'.
But then the year also holds hope for certain films that have been stuck perennially or been moved to the cold storage. Whether these films will ever be made this year is still something that we will have to look forward to.
There are also some films that are ready for release, but then their release has been constantly postponed for some reason or the other and that is another hurdle that these films will need to clear. Time and gain release dates have been announced but the makers have been unable to let these movies see the light of the projector.
Karan Johar’s film 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' threw up one of Bollywood’s most energetic dance numbers in the form of Badtameez Dil.
Cashing in on the song’s lyrics, Karan had named his new film with the same name. The film was to be a co production with his friend Ekta Kapoor. Smooch operator Emraan Hashmi was to star alongside Kareena Kapoor in the film.
This would have been Emraan’s biggest heroine ever, if the film had begun principal shooting in early 2013. Then there was a certain requirement for a modification in the script, following which the film was to be shot in November 2013.
But then again, a bad script played a villain and the dates were lost. Kareena who had already lost out on Shuddhi had to sacrifice her dates given to this film as well. And Emraan too allocated the same dates to Shatir produced by UTV.
When two hyped films 'Gori Tere Pyar Mein' from Dharma Productions and 'Lootera' by Phantom Films failed at the turn stiles, little did one know that it would affect the forthcoming film of the hero of GTPM Imran Khan and the director of Lootera – Vikramaditya Motwane.
While Vikramaditya’s film was hailed as a classic, the slowness of the film not only kept the people out of the theatres, but the film out of the awards as well. So much so that now the director’s next film 'Bhavesh Joshi' starring Imran Khan in an eponymous role is not moving ahead at all for various reasons – one of them being the past Friday of both these people in question.
An ugly spat between director Anurag Kashyap and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) popularly known as the Censor Board has also resulted in the film not making it to the theatres as well. The CBFC had recommended deletion of certain scenes in the film and Anurag has refused to do away with them preferring to take Scissorhands head on.
Ronit Roy, Rahul Bhatt, Tejaswini Kolhapure and Siddhant Kapoor play important roles in the film. If this film is stalled, it will be Tejaswini’s second film with Anurag never to release. Till date, Anurag’s actual debut film Paanch, has not been released due to Anurag’s differences with the producer and then with the censor.
The Sunny Deol and Kangna Ranaut starrer 'I Love NY' could not make it to the theatres even after having its promotional campaign in place. The film was to release in April 2013. And then it was postponed to December. And then it never came. We are told that lack of finances is one reason for the intermittent delay. Another Sunny Deol film which has been shot and ready and is said to be very good in terms of content is the Dr Chandraprakash Dwivedi directed film Mohalla Assi. But then monetary reasons have prevented the film from making it to the marquee as yet. If there is money, this year could be a sunny one for the Deol.
The John Abraham-Abhishek Bachchan starrer 'Dostana 2' also has not been able to go on the floors. The film was to be made immediately after the 2008 film Dostana did well. But then a bad script, a bad rewrite, and subsequent rewrites later, the film was to go on the floors last year, but then a busy John Abraham has not been able to allot dates for the movie after three heroines have been cast and changed for the film. Director Tarun Mansukhani has not been able to move anything yet on the film.
Though he has been out on parole, Sanjay Dutt had a bad 2013, both personally and professionally. His film for 'Soham Shah - Sher' could not release last year. The film has Sanjay Dutt essaying a Gujarati gangster Sharman Munjha and had Vivek Oberoi, Prachi Desai and Karishma Tanna in other roles.Yet again, money, or rather the lack of it has played the villain. Will the film release this year? Maybe, if the issues are sorted and monies cleared.
Saif Ali Khan and Prabhu Dheva were to start a film together. But then the film has not at all moved beyond the announcement stages. We do hope that issues will be sorted in the time to come and 2014 could prove lucky for these films too.