Hours after taking this decision, Vashu gets chatting with us and bares his heart out about allegations of backtracking against him, Aamir Khan's support for the film and the huge expense that he would have to bear due to yet another push in the release date for Kal Kissne Dekha.
The film has been pushed yet again. Needless to say, that's quite disappointing.
[Says in a weary tone] Honestly, at the moment my head is spinning. I was a part of this intense extended meeting with fellow producers from Friday night till Saturday morning and was hoping that there would be a resolution around the multiplex issue. However, it was a deadlock yet again. Meanwhile, there were accusations that had started to build in around my integrity towards the entire episode (pauses for long).
Please carry on...
I have been in the industry for such a long period of time. I am not someone who is here today, will make some money from my first film and vanish away. I have made number of films and would continue to make many more for decades to come. The least I was expecting was for my fellow producers to doubt my integrity. I have my own relationship with the industry and have been known for the kind of love and affection that I have given and received. How could some people even think that I would go against the industry just so that I could bring my own Kal Kissne Dekha on theaters?
But even Aamir Khan seemed to have taken offence?
People can say whatever they want but at the end of the day it will be only me and Aamir who know what the truth is. In my life I would have possibly spoken to Aamir for only 30 minutes in total but during last 3-4 days I have been in constant touch with him. In fact he told me that he was hearing rumours from within the industry that I would release Kal Kissne Dekha across all multiplexes and go against the producers stand. However, the moment I told him that it was untrue and at the end of the day just a rumour, he told me in no uncertain terms that he believed me and was with me.
So Aamir's support remains with you, Jackky and the movie in general?
But when did he ever withdraw his support? He was always there with my movie and has pledged support to me all over again. Decency doesn't allow me to talk verbatim about what he said or wrote to me though what I would definitely want to share is the statement that he made. It was quite heartfelt when he said that 'Vashu, I take personal responsibility of Jackky'. Now that Aamir has said this, I am relieved. I am sure he would help us all to come up with a fine resolution that would be favourable to all.
Till that time, Kal Kissne Dekha continues to wait?
That's not so okay actually but I am with the producers as before. I would never want my personal interests to come in the way of our unity. After breaking my head over last few days, I just decided to withdraw the movie completely. Yes, there would be huge expense involved but it's still better than the mental trauma I was going through due to my own brethren looking at me suspiciously.
I just decided to withdraw the movie completely Anything that you want to tell them?
Arrey, nothing like that. It's not a political rally (smiles) where I have to defend myself or come up with counter allegations. Film industry has traditionally always been a family and it will always be one. There could be misunderstandings here and there or some vested interests would try to create rift between you and others. However, till the time you are united, such phase would just come and go. I am a person who comes with certain 'siddhanta' and everyone knows about that. There was never a fight at all and there would never be one.
How is Jackky taking it all?
Of course he is disappointed. He is young and this is his first film. Once you wait for some time for your film to arrive and then are just one week away from release, it is disheartening to see further delay coming in. But our entire family is with him and he is also a grown up boy. It should be a matter of hours before he is up and running again by participating in the film's promotion. He has been traveling the country non-stop for his concerts and is thankfully keeping quite busy to let any negative energy creep in. I want him to take this episode as a positive lesson in life and move on.
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