No big releases this Friday in Mumbai and Pune due to swine Flu!!

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Abbas-Mastan's first production Life Partner and UTV's Kaminey will not release in Mumbai. The producers of these films, though afraid of video piracy, will go ahead with the release of their films in overseas territories and in other parts of India except Mumbai and Pune.

kaminey Kaminey Producer: UTV and Vishal Bhardwaj

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Stars: Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra

UTV's Siddharth Roy Kapoor says, "We will release Kaminey in Mumbai and Pune as soon as the government lifts the directive on closure of cinema halls but for the rest of India and overseas we will release Kaminay as planned on 1200 screens. Business won't be that badly affected as it will be only for a day and with no big releases coming up next week we are hoping that business will pick up from August 14-18. We are insured in the long run against such events like these and though it's definitely a concern that people will avoid theatres for some time we are very confident that the entire issue will resolve in the next few weeks and people will go back to the theatres soon."

Vishal Bhardwaj remained unavailable for comment.

Shahid Kapur says, "We respect the government's decision to shut down multiplexes etc. We are releasing Kaminey in other parts of the country this Friday itself as we have received very positive advances for it. And we hope that by Sunday everything will be back to normal in Mumbai and Pune as well."

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life-partner

Life Partner Producer: Abbas-Mastan and Studio 18

Director: Rumi Jaffrey

Stars: Fardeen Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, Prachi Desai and Govinda

Abbas Burmawalla: "It's a tragedy. The delivery of the prints would have already gone out. We are scared of pirated DVDs going out in the market but we will release the film everywhere overseas and all-India except Mumbai and Pune. We are worried that business will be severely affected as people are avoiding crowded places but people's safety is of the utmost importance. As for releasing in Mumbai and Pune on Saturday, we will wait for the government's directives and follow their guidelines."

Tusshar Kapoor says, "We have lots of careers riding on these films. A part of me is worried that business will be affected because of the swine flu but I also know those who will want to go to watch films will go at any cost. Let's take all the precautionary measures but not spread panic and hype the whole thing. I am sure the government knows what it is doing.  I haven't started wearing a mask at public places or taking other precautions but maybe from today when I go to temples and theatres I will but I won't stop going out. I have to live my life.

Fardeen Khan: "Life Partner has shaped up to be a thoroughly enjoyable film for one and all. I would like people to watch it and enjoy it free of stress only when the Department of Public Health says it is safe for people to be in public places again."

Prachi Desai: "For another film, I myself wouldn't have gone to the theatres in this situation so I can't blame others for not going. I have studied in Pune and it's a very bad situation there. I won't be wearing a mask to step out in public. But, yes I am talking some precautionary measures like keeping a handkerchief with Nilgiri oil, preventive medicines and avoiding going to theatres and malls.

Source: Mid-day


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