Anubhav Sinha angry at the delay of his film's release

Jul 30, 2007 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Director Anubhav Sinha, whose "Cash" was delayed by a week because of a financial and legal tussle between the producers of the movie, is not happy because his film will now be pitted against Anil Kapoor's "Gandhi My Father".

Starring Ajay Devgan, Zayed Khan and Riteish Deshmukh, the film is a stylised crime thriller and will now release Aug 3.

"Until the last minute, I didn't think the release would be stalled. I'm very angry that such a thing happened. We worked very hard to get into this July 27 slot. And now I'm upset because I'll have to come next week with 'Gandhi My Father'. I never wanted that. That's the kind of film I'd like to support, not compete with," Sinha told IANS.

The "Dus" director says he had deliberately exercised the option of coming in the last week of July because he didn't want to compete with Anil's film.

"I think Anil Kapoor's film looks so sensitive and deep. I don't want to cut into his audience at all. In fact, I'd buy a ticket and see 'Gandhi My Father' instead of my own 'Cash' on the first day, first show."

Tell him that the audience for "Cash" is very different from the one for "Gandhi My Father", and Sinha disagrees vigorously.

"No, at the end of the day the public's buying capacity is equally challenged by any two films that are released on the same day."

Sinha is mad as hell about the producers' - Anish Ranjan and Sohail Maklai - wrangle that stalled the release of "Cash" by a week.

"With everyone taking sides and having a point of view, it all became very messy. I just hope people realise how much losses one has to suffer when a film is delayed after the release is announced."

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