Will he postpone his ‘Son of Sardar’? | Sardar’?
The industry is still grieving the sudden loss of film maestro Yash Chopra. But there is one person who is in a dilemma because of it – Ajay Devgn whose ‘Son of Sardar’ is releasing on the same day as Yashji’s last film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, November 13. Sources say there is a lot of pressure on Ajay to shift the date of his film. Says an insider, “Ajay has been getting many calls to change the date as a mark of respect to the filmmaker; but does the industry not realise that this could cause poor Ajay a loss of Rs 50 crores!”
While the actor appreciates the fact that Yash gave his wife Kajol innumerable hits in her career the decision does not lie with him alone though he is the face of the film. The final word lies with his co-producer Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Eros International who are the worldwide distributors of the film. However, people are insisting that Ajay take a call. Says a friend, “Why put so much pressure on another actor-producer? It’s not really fair. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali asked SRK to delay ‘Om Shanti Om’, did SRK comply? He didn’t because he knew the amount his own film would lose in the bargain. It’s very easy for the rest of the industry to take a stand when it is not their own film. The entire episode has put Ajay in one of the most awkward situations in his entire life. Ajay is embarrassed as people are pointing accusing fingers at him, saying he is not sentimental and that he has never liked SRK because of his friendship with his wife.”
According to a representative from the production house, a date change would be risky as the dates of the film have been planned a year in advance (Diwali releases are the most promising) and their commitment to the stakeholders is a must. Our source adds, “If one film is pushed, this means asking all the other big guns to shift their film dates, films like Aamir’s ‘Talaash’, Akshay’s ‘Khiladi 786’ and Salman’s ‘Dabangg 2’. Doing this would be a next to impossible mission for Ajay. Besides it’s wrong to ask Ajay to risk everything under such circumstances!”