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Ash, Abhi wedding delays Drona

By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, May 25, 2007
Buzz is that the release of Abhishek Bachchan's mega-budget superhero adventure Drona, being directed by good friend Goldie Behl, has been delayed to next year thanks to his wedding to Aishwarya Rai.

Says a source, "The second schedule of the film was to be shot in April-May, but because of the wedding, all the dates went haywire.

What's more, since the film is relying heavily on special effects, it's going to be a long while before the film is out of post-production now."

'Effect'ive theory

However, Shristi Behl, who is producing the film along with brother Goldie, says, "We never announced a release date so there's no question of us delaying the release.

The dates haven't been pushed back. In fact, the next schedule of Drona is coming up in a couple of months. We know what we are doing and as far as we know we are on schedule."

Shrishti adds that Drona is not just a simple boy-meets-girl love story. "It's very complicated film and requires heavy special effects. In fact, the SFX in Drona will be something you've never seen before.

We've finished shooting about 50 per cent of the film, but in terms of special effects we've only covered about 10 per cent. A lot of work is left to be done on that front.

By August, we will have a clear idea of how much more time we will need to complete the film," adds Shristi.

Heavy competition

Meanwhile, trade analyst Amod Mehra says that Drona was being touted as an end-of-the-year biggie release in trade circles, so he's a bit surprised about the delay.

"We heard Drona was being released in November, but now there's talk of it being pushed to next year.

The heavy special effects apart, it's also possible that Drona is being delayed because there are so many biggies coming up at the end of this year.

There's Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodha Akbar, Pradeep Sarkar's Laga Chunari Mein Daag and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariyan. Chances are even Shahrukh Khan might release Om Shanti Om around Diwali.

Nobody wants to bring Drona aur phir rona with the likes of SRK, Yash Raj Films and Hrithik Roshan competing for eyeballs!"

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