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‘Don’t pay attention to controversies’

Actor Prateik is unperturbed by the controversy surrounding the song ‘Hosanna’ from his ready-to-release movie Ek Deewana Tha and says one should not pay much attention to such things. “Sometimes it is beneficial to you and sometimes it is not. So you should not pay too much attention to controversies. You should just focus on working hard on your film and your character. Leave the rest to god,” he said at an event.

The Catholic-Christian Secular Forum wanted the word ‘Hosanna’ to be removed from the song as it hurts religious sentiments of certain communities. Prateik’s starrer Dhobi Ghat too faced similar issues regarding the use of the word dhobi while Aarakshan got into problems over casting royalty Saif Ali Khan in the role of a dalit.  Prateik said he is not scared of such things. “I am just worried about the result of my films.

Besides this, I am not scared of anything else.” Ek Deewana Tha is set for Feb 17 release and the 25-year-old’s chemistry with his co-star and British model Amy Jackson is creating ripples in the film industry. Directed by Gautham Menon, the film tells the story of a struggling film-maker.

Showered with praises

Preeti Jhangiani is so full of life that she didn’t have to pretend to play the role in Yeh Hai Mumbai, says director Sneh Tulli.“Preeti is playing a bubbly character, which is not very different from her real-life character. She is so sweet and well-behaved that even during breaks she used to ask me if anything was required or if she could go to her van,” said Tulli. “Preeti in her real life is always full of life and very bubbly, so while shooting she didn’t have to pretend,” he added.

The actress, who made her Bollywood debut with Yash Raj’s Mohabbatein, is believed to keep the atmosphere on the sets very joyous. “As soon as Preeti shows up on the sets, the atmosphere, and cast and crew light up. There is a smile on everyone’s face and the environment becomes very relaxed,” said a source.

Race for the dates

With the opening weekend determining the final box office performance, film-makers want to make the most of the significant dates.

The release date of Hrithik Roshan’s next film Krrish 2 was announced two years in advance.

Salman Khan blocked Eid 2012 for his Ek Tha Tiger last November while SRK’s next with YRF, that is to hit the markets this November, was booked one year in advance .

This only goes to show that film-makers are going all out to make sure that they secure the hottest dates in the calendar in order to rake in the moolah.

For a couple of years now, producers and distributors have been considering long weekends, aided by national holidays, for the release of films.

Veteran trade analyst Amod Mehra points out that  this trend has been inspired from the West. “Initially in Hollywood, many films would be censored and kept ready months in advance. This is because they schedule the release to best suit the genre of the movies,” he says.

“Till a few years ago in Bollywood, the mindset was to see the expenses incurred in the making of a film. Now, even the makers of a small film announce the dates early, instead of waiting for others to make their announcements,” he adds.

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