For Karan Johar, life is a dream about love and roses. On the other hand, for Bhatt brothers, life comes with its own share of grief and guns. This can pretty much be seen in their approach towards their films that are arriving around the Valentines Day next year. While Karan Johar has almost finalised plans for his (tentatively titled) romantic comedy Short Term Shaadi to release on the weekend leading to the day when lovers pledge togetherness, Mukesh Bhatt and Co. would be arriving with their Blood Money on the following weekend.
“Since 14th February is a Tuesday, it falls right in the middle of the two weekends. So while the Kareena Kapoor–Imran Khan starrer is being planned for 10th February arrival, Bhatts’ dramatic tale with Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri (of Aisha fame) would be hitting the screens exactly a week later on 17th February. It is obvious that both filmmakers have their own different ways of celebrating the day of love”, an industry insider comments.
It wasn’t planned this way though at least for Karan. Though earlier he had plans to bring Short Term Shaadi in the current year, he is said to have moved it ahead as the film’s lead actress Kareena Kapoor was over-occupied with other films like Bodyguard, Ra.One, Agent Vinod and (rumoured to be titled) Dhuaan. Since KJo’s Agneepath arrives in January, he felt that the weekend around Valentines Day was best suited to bring his romantic tale.
On the other hand, Bhatts have planned it all well in advance for Blood Money and are purposely bringing their tale of lust for money, power and togetherness around Valentines Day. After the success of Murder 2, Bhatts had considered naming the film as Jannat 2 to take advantage of a successful franchise. However, they dropped it for Blood Money, hence giving their film a more violent streak. To be directed by first timer Vishal Mahadkar, the film is said to be a coming-of-age tale of a young man who pursues a dream job which unfortunately turns into a nightmare.
When contacted, Mukesh Bhatt confirmed the release timeline of the film and admitted that it was all well intentioned. He said, “There is more to life than just love. There is a lot of drama here as well and this is what Blood Money shows by amalgamating both the genres. We want to present a different side of love next Valentines.”