In spite of the blockbuster status accorded to his last release Sanju, Ranbir Kapoor has not gone on a signing spree. This is not only a voluntary choice—as Ranbir is never known to go on a movie-signing spree—but also because he has taken on two back-to-back projects which are taking more time than normal. Much more time.
We are talking about Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra and Karan Malhotra’s Shamshera. While the first is an ambitious sprawling sci-fi epic featuring Ranbir with Amitabh Bachchan and ahem, Alia Bhatt for the first time, Shamshera is a dacoit drama in the grand tradition of the classic dacoit dramas like Mujhe Jeene Do and Mera Gaon Mera Desh.
Both require an inordinate number of days from Ranbir. But now it seems Brahmastra requires even more time, thereby eating into the dates that were allotted to Shamshera.
So here’s the deal.
According to sources, Brahmastra producer Karan Johar went over to his close friend mentor Aditya Chopra, the producer of Shamshera requesting for additional dates. Says a source in the know, “Ranbir’s dates for Shamshera were supposed to start after the completion of Brahmastra. But it seems Ayan requires more of Ranbir’s dates. Karan requested Adi for more time and Adi complied. Shamshera will now be completed in 2021.”
This means Ranbir’s only release in two years will be Brahmastra which is scheduled to release in December 2020.