Why is Aamir Khan’s ‘Talaash’ delayed again?

Director Reema Kagti must be wondering how long she needs to put her life on hold for this film. Talaash was initially due on Republic Day this year. It then got postponed to June. Everybody thought t

Why is Aamir Khan’s ‘Talaash’ delayed again?

Aamir Khan’s much awaited gritty cop thriller Talaash has been postponed yet again

Director Reema Kagti must be wondering how long she needs to put her life on hold for this film. Talaash was initially due on Republic Day this year. It then got postponed to June. Everybody thought that it was a great idea as Aamir would be fresh in people’s minds after Satyamev Jayate. The television show has definitely aroused some interest. Before that began, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani released and immediately, rumours began circulating that Talaash’s ending might be similar to that of the hit Vidya Balan thriller and a reshoot might be in the offing. Right on cue, the Talaash release date was pushed to November 30. Now, it’s slated to hit theatres a week later, on December 7.

Insiders tell me that this latest date change has nothing to do with Aamir’s famous marketing strategies and everything to do with superstition. The perfectionist Khan is human too. Three of his biggest hits Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots and Ghajini released in December, in the coveted Christmas frame. Indeed there was a time when the pundits used to say that Aamir owned the Christmas slot. However, this year, a tiny sequel that you may just conceivably have heard of – Dabangg 2 – will occupy the Christmas slot.

Surely Aamir will not want to come up against the Salman Khan juggernaut. But his decision to choose December 7 will have adverse implications on both Akshay Kumar and him unless one of them cedes the date. Kumar, who has a newly polished aura about him for giving the great unwashed a film that they deserve in Rowdy Rathore, is unfortunately a saleable star again as he knows exactly what his illiterate fans like. His Khiladi 786 is also due on December 7. Though technically Aamir and Akshay fans need not be the same, there are millions of people who may want to watch both films and releasing on the same day is bound to dent each other’s business. Who knows? Aamir and Akshay might kiss and arrive at a rapprochement. And if that image excited you, just come out. It’s legal these days.

Remember Richard Gere? That Hollywood actor who hangs out with the Dalai Lama and kisses Shilpa Shetty in public to gasps of outrage from our moral and cultural guardians (that is, losers)? Yes, that’s him. The old dude with grey hair and a persistent rumour about gerbils where the sun don’t shine that just won’t go away. There have also been persistent rumours about him appearing in a Bollywood film. The latest is that Nila Madhab Panda, director of the acclaimed I Am Kalam and the unreleased Jalpari, has approached him for a role in his latest film. The subject? World food security. Yawn. Perhaps Panda should get Prabhu Deva to choreograph an item number for the film with guest appearances from the ageing (Akshay) and plump (Sonakshi Sinha) Rowdy team. That might perk up the plot a bit.

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