Enter Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Viday Balan. Exit Prateik and newcomers. Did someone say the recession is over? Far from it. Movies are religiously getting shelved dumped and relegated to the backburner especially if they don't star A-listers.
The prolific Priyadarshan discovered the hard way that star discoveries went out of fashion with Dev Anand. After a very long time, he was all set to make film with newcomers this July. But he has abandoned the idea.
There were no buyers for a project with newcomers. The film about the longings desires loves and dislikes of the young was supposed to cast completely new faces along with Prateik.
The project couldn't go beyond Prateik.
Says the disheartened director, "I met only Prateik for the film. The other newcomers I couldn't even get a chance to cast because the producers backed out. No one wants to back a project without stars."
To fill the time in July that Priyadarshan had allotted to the film with newcomers he has quickly put together a new multi-starrer film which stars Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty and Vidya Balan.
The prolific Priyan who starts shooting this quickie in July says, "I'm quite excited about this project. It's my first thriller. I needed to get away from my comedy image. Doing a thriller would provide me that chance."
In fact Priyan is none too happy with his latest release Khatta Meetha being pitched in the promotions as a full-on comedy.
Says Priyan angrily, "Khatta Meetha is no a comedy like De Dana Dan. It's a satire on the road mafia. You'll have to ask the producers why they're pitching it as a comedy. Probably because Akshay Kumar and Priydarshan equals comedy?"
Priyan seems resigned to resorting to stars time after time to get audiences in. "It's frightening how my attempts to make a film with newcomers was thwarted. If I can't do it who can? So the question is, how can we get new talent into cinema?"
Incidentally, the Priyan film is not the only Prateik Babbar starrer to be shelved. Goldie Behl's film starring the talented young actor which was to be shot in the monsoon in Mumbai, has also been shelved.
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