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Makers claim to have delayed Soundtrack release for Soha Ali Khan

The Pataudi family has never felt more closely-knit together. Having come to terms with their loss, they are now in Delhi looking after Sharmila Tagore, who is down with a viral fever, and making arrangements for a memorial service on Saturday for the late Nawab Pataudi. Many of Saif, Kareena, and Soha's friends from Bollywood are expected to fly into Delhi on Saturday for the memorial.

Curiously, the Bollywood brigade is being uncharacteristically discreet about sharing the Pataudis' grief. Said a prominent star, "I am going on Saturday and a lot of others are, I believe. But it's a private moment of condolence and grief."

It's been a tough fortnight for Soha Ali Khan. She was in the middle of promoting her new film Soundtrack when he father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi had to be hospitalized. Bravely, the daughter continued with her nationwide promotion.

And then the worst happened. Soha Ali Khan's father passed away leaving her too broken to even think of the film.

The film's producers from Saregama and director Neerav Ghosh had two options. Either to go ahead with the promotion of the film without Soha or postpone the release.

They opted for the latter option and chose not to talk about their postponement as some sort of a sacrifice. The official reason given for the postponement was too many releases on September 30.

Says the director Neerav Ghosh, "Ha, it was certainly not the crowd of releases that bothered us. Because we've gone from one clutter to another the following week. No. It was Soha. All of us, me, Rajeev Khandelwal, Mrinalini Sharma and Soha have become one closely-knit family. And if one of us is in distress, the rest of us can't go on normally. We definitely postponed because of Soha's bereavement."

The decisive moment came in Delhi when the Soundtrack director was live on air with Soha on the day the Nawab Pataudi passed away. "It was ghoulish. We were in a segment promoting our film. During the break we could hear them loudly talking about Soha's father. To her credit, Soha was very composed. But we decided, that was it. We decided to put aside the film until she was ready to face the world and her work again."

Neerav has been in touch with Soha. She will join the promotion of the film from next week after the memorial service. For those who wish to be present, the memorial service for Nawab Pataudi is on October 1 at the Chinmaya Mission, Lodhi Road, Delhi, from 4-5 pm.

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