It is believed that the makers of KAANTE have abandoned the idea of holding international premieres of the film, due to the paucity of time. “We would have loved to have a world premiere of the film, but that requires at least two-three weeks planning. It is, unfortunately, not possible now, though I would do anything for Sanjay's production,” discloses Sunil Shetty, whose Popcorn Entertainment has tied-up with White Feather Films for the premieres and promotions of all White Feather productions in the future.
Whatever the limitations, it cannot be denied that the film has generated tremendous heat and its opening is expected to be historic.
'RISHTEY' DISTRIBUTORS GET THE ADVANTAGE
The ones who are heaving a sigh of relief over the postponement of KAANTE are the distributors of KARZ-THE BURDEN OF TRUTH and RISHTEY, who had to make do with a mediocre chain of theatres until last week, what with the prime theatres going to KAANTE. It is believed that the Mumbai distributors of RISHTEY, V.I.P. Enterprises, immediately taken a decision to increase the number of prints, following the postponement of KAANTE.
However, the distributors of KARZ are unaffected by the hectic goings-on and last-minute offers they are receiving. “Though the distributors of RISHTEY have increased the number of prints, we saw no point in going overboard and releasing the film at more theatres. We don't want to kill the film in the process. The film is the kind that needs to be nurtured. But the postponement of KAANTE will definitely give the two films a better chance at the box-office,” says Pinky Badlani of Devgan Entertainments, who is releasing KARZ in Mumbai city and suburbs.
Incidentally, both KARZ and RISHTEY revolve around relationships. While KARZ tells the story of a mother-son relationship, RISHTEY portrays the father-son relationship.
SUNIL ACCEPTS ROLE WITH GREY SHADES
“If you really want to make the audiences get up and take notice of you, you have to take them by surprise,” says Sunil Shetty, who is all set to shock the audiences with his role in Shah Rukh Khan's home-production MAIN HOON NA. It is learnt that Sunil is going for a change of image by accepting a negative role in the film.
But Sunil denies that it is an effort to change his image. “What image are we talking about? It's all about taking the audience by surprise. What prompted me to take up this particular role was the way it had been conceived by director Farah Khan. It's the kind of role that will be loved by every Indian. You could call it grey and you could also call it white,” he says with a smile.
Sunil is eagerly looking forward to the response to KARZ, followed by KAANTE. “I have interesting roles in both the films,” he says.