The Shahid-Sonam-starrer Mausam was supposed to be India’s most prized entry at the Toronto International Film Festival but thanks to the delay in the release, it has been withdrawn from the fest. Though the makers of Mausam tried to clarify and apologize for the last minute change in plan, but the organizers are annoyed. Talking to a news daily, TIFF’s co-director Cameron Bailey said, “Audiences in Toronto have been powerful champions for the promotion and growth of Indian cinema abroad. It’s a shame that our audiences will be left disappointed.” Back home too, the movie has been postponed by a week due to issues raised by the Indian Air Force (IAF). “The film has been postponed to September 23 from September 16 due to two reasons – we had received only a conditional NOC from the IAF and Censor board had given U-certificate but they wanted to review the movie once again,” the film’s director Pankaj Kapur told reporters in Mumbai. This delay will have a ripple effect on the big budget movies that are slated for release in the following weeks, because there is a strong chance that Mausam might eat into their audience or vice versa, which is bad news for all.
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