UK riots hit ‘Mausam’

mausam7The music launch of Pankaj Kapur’s film is being relocated from Hyde Park to a yet-to-be decided venue in India

Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam is in serious need of some good luck!

First, heavy rains delayed a shooting schedule with its lead actors Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor in Edinburgh and now, the ongoing London riots are playing spoilsport.

The team is forced to postpone and relocate their music launch to India later this month.

Strategic timing

According to a well-placed executive associated with Mausam, since the movie’s shoot commenced in the UK, the team felt it was appropriate to release the music with an event at Hyde Park in central London.

“August 15 was decided as the date, since it’s India’s Independence Day.

The NRI population as well as Bollywood fans would come support the film, ” says our source, adding, “Shahid and Sonam were to perform live at the function.”

This promotional initiative was apparently Shahid’s idea. “Besides, Shahid is already in the UK shooting for Kunal Kohli’s next film. So, it would be easier for him to ensure that all the coordination for Mausam’s music release was in place, ” adds our source.

Not possible

However, the sudden riots in London, following the gunning down of Mark Duggan by the police last Thursday, have forced the producers of Mausam to change their plans.

“It wouldn’t be right to go ahead with the music launch there, ” said our source, attributing the producers’ decision to their sentimental stand.

Now the music launch will take place in India, but after Independence Day.

“Shahid is returning to the country on August 16. So he’ll meet the producers and figure out an alternate date and place to launch the soundtrack in India, ” maintained our source.

The contemporary love story spans across eight odd years. It is scheduled to release on September 16.

Courtesy: Mid-Day.com

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