Bollywood films that have hit a stumbling block

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There’s no dearth of grand announcements in Bollywood. But as they say, man proposes and God disposes. Many projects, announced with great fanfare and planned meticulously -- involving super-stars, ace directors and mega production houses -- have hit unforeseen stumbling blocks.

The latest example is Section 84. Buzz is, Kareena Kapoor Khan has quit the film following creative differences with director Rajkumar Gupta. Now, unless Bebo has a sudden change of heart, the project’s future is quite uncertain (Has Kareena Bailed Herself Out From Section 84, July 12 ).

Why single out Section 84? SpotboyE takes a look at some other big projects that are also grappling with uncertainties.

Ram Lakhan

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Subhash Ghai sold the remake rights of this 1989 super hit to Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty two years ago. But for the last 24 months, all we have heard are speculations about who the cast will be. Just to refresh your memory, SpotboyE had told you about Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh saying ‘No’ to Lakhan’s role, which was played by Anil Kapoor in the original. Seems, Rohit is also yet to finalise Ram, originally played by Jackie Shroff. Bole toh, the film can’t go on floors till Ram and Lakhan are found.  (Ranveer Singh Not Interested to play Lakhan, Jan 14). 


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This Karan Johar film was to take off in 2014 with Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan. After their exit, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s names did the rounds for some time. But they opted out, choosing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani instead. Next on board was Salman Khan, who also quit sometime later. Buzz is, the star is miffed with KJo for being a silent spectator at the controversial AIB roast, where unceremonious remarks were made against one of his family members (Salman Says No To Shuddhi, May 9). Then, there was news of KJo roping in Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt for the project. Last heard, Karan himself wants to take it a bit easy on this film. Reason: After Karan Malhotra’s- Brothers didn't live up to expectations, KJo is a little apprehensive about giving the director another expensive film (Varun-Alia's Shuddhi Put On Hold. AGAIN!, Oct 5)

Mr Chaalu

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Reema Kagti ’s project is also facing the same problem: actors nahin hain. The film, backed by Farhan Akhtar, has travelled to several actors’ homes, offices and vanity vans. As if Saif Ali Khan backing out after dilly-dallying for six months wasn’t enough, Kangana Ranaut too has washed her hands off the project. Reema being an extremely particular filmmaker, this film won’t hit the floors unless she finds perfect cast.

AK vs SK

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When Vikas Bahl’s Shaandaar tanked at the box-office, Shahid Kapoor left Vikramaditya Motwane high and dry by walking out of AK vs SK, which has Anurag Kashyap playing the villain. The actor seemed to have developed a sudden aversion towards the project, produced by Phantom Films, which comprises Vikas, Vikramaditya, Anurag and Sasha’s bestest friend, Madhu Mantena (Shahid Kapoor Ditches Vikramaditya Motwane, Oct 5)

Namastey England

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Namastey London’s much-hyped sequel, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead, was announced with great fanfare. However, the Vipul Shah film is yet to roll. Reason: Akshay is busy with Robot 2 with Rajinikanth. After that, he also has his hands full with Housefull 3, Rustom and a yet untitled project with Subhash Kapoor (Akshay Kumar’s next announcement, Feb 16).  Akki, Vipul is waiting; when will you be free?


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Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, this film with Sonakshi Sinha in the title role was expected to take off late last year. But we’re two months into 2016 and there’s still no news on the movie, which is a biopic of don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister. Apart from producer problems, the project has also been affected by John Abraham’s knee surgery late last year. Post surgery, the actor took long to recover and thus ended up postponing Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom (No Dishoom With Varun For John Till Jan 2016, Oct 24). In effect, Haseena has been pushed back further.


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Hrithik Roshan as an 18th century pirate sounds very, very intriguing. But kya karein, the actor seems to think otherwise. The YRF project is on hold after Duggu and Thug’s director Vijay Krishna Acharya (Victor) developed creative differences (Hrithik puts Thug on hold, Feb 5).  He has now allotted dates to his home production Kaabil instead. Where does that leave Thug?

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