Attempt to sabotage Akbar Khan's magnum opus 'Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story'
By Dale Bhagwagar
This week, a serious attempt has been made to sabotage one of the biggest movies being produced in Bollywood. At a time when writer-director-producer Akbar Khan's colossal historical 'Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story' is all set to create history because of its larger-than-life-sets and massive budget bringing hundreds of creative minds together, people with vested interests have tried to harm the image of this film.
At an urgently called press conference, Akbar Khan announced that video pirates have flooded the market with VCD's of Robin Khosla's unsuccessful film 'Taj Mahal - A Monument of Love', packaged in 'duplicate inlay covers' of Akbar Khan's magnum opus 'Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story'.
"They are misusing my name to sell Robin Khosla's film. I would like to warn the pirates that they are headed for trouble. I will be going to the roots of this issue and will make sure that the culprits are put behind bars," Khan thundered. At the same time, he requested the public not to get fooled by the cheaters. "My film is yet to be released and is extremely secure," he said.
Khan further informed that the police, with the assistance of anti-piracy cell people, have already conducted multiple raids in Surat, Ahmedabad and Bangalore, and seized more than 5,000 such 'duplicate inlay covers' of his film. The police has even arrested two people for printing the fake Akbar Khan's film covers for Robin Khosla's VCDs and put them on remand for 14 days.
Though Khan did not directly point fingers towards Khosla, he didn't deny the fact that there was a strong possibility of Khosla being involved in the process of sabotaging his film. Khosla's film on Taj Mahal, which released two months ago, could not even hold its own for two days in the theatres. Khan speculated that this might be Khosla's gameplan to earn some easy money by selling his film in the name of Khan's highly hyped one. It can be noted here that Khosla had earlier attempted to cash in on Khan's name at the time of releasing his film, as his film couldn't create any interest among the audience due to its zero face-value. In an attempt to misguide the audiences, he had even added the tagline of Akbar Khan's film "An Eternal Love Story" as the starting catch-line to his film.
Even though Khan's mega film will be ready by February 2004, he is planning to release it only in May during the holiday period. The music will be released on February 14 (Valentines Day). While Zulfikar and Sonya Jehan are being introduced in the movie as the eternal lovers of all time Prince Shahjahan and Mumtaz Mahal, the film stars Manisha Koirala, Kabir Bedi, Pooja Batra, Arbaaz Khan, Arbaaz Ali and Kim Sharma. The story is co-written by South African freedom fighter Fatima Meer, who has earlier penned Nelson Mandela's biography 'Higher Than Hope'.
The film's composer Naushad who was also was present at the conference, requested the media to expose such rackets which are killing the film industry. "The power of the pen should combat such issues and try to completely eradicate them," he said.
Official Website: 'Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story'