It's confirmed - Ajay Devgn won't be taking on Hrithik Roshan at the box office in January 2011. Though it was almost confirmed till a few days ago that his Tezz would be clashing with Agneepath on Republic Day, Ajay's current engagement with Son Of Sardar means that Hrithik would be now arriving solo.
"Tezz is almost complete with just a 10 day shoot left that also includes a song. It requires Ajay's dates and though the actor has no qualms of hopping over to Mumbai and wrapping it all up, there is a slight hitch. He has grown a beard for Son Of Sardar whereas in Tezz, he is required to be clean shaven. This makes it virtually impossible for director Priyadarshan to shoot with him. Now everyone is waiting for the current schedule of Son Of Sardar to wrap up so that Ajay can be back in town and get rid of his bearded look", says an insider.
This is indeed a blessing in disguise for the audience as well as industry in general since the clash of two biggies like Agneepath and Tezz would have been counter productive. There is big money riding (over Rs. 50 crore each) on both the films and while both Karan Johar and Ratan Jain (producers of the respective films) would have possibly suffered some level of monetary losses had the clash occured, even for the cine-goers it would have been a precarious situation to pick and choose.
On the other hand, though the makers of Tezz are disappointed that they won't be able to make it to the 26th January slot despite blocking the date first, there is no bad blood between them and Ajay.
"Everyone tried their best but such things happen in filmmaking. Ajay would be back soon and we would be shooting the balance portions of Tezz in January now", says Ratan Jain whose last film was the biggie multi starrer De Dana Dan, "The film will now release in the month of March for sure. That's confirmed."
Hope this time around, they indeed make it 'tezz'.