August 1, 2009 6:32:02 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
RAKEYSH OMPRAKASH MEHRA & ABHISHEK BACHCHAN
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has finally managed to do things his own way. Just like the way in RANG DE BASANTI where all his leading protagonists died in the end, including Aamir Khan (a brave decision that one), in the 'Director's Cut' version of DELHI-6 he has done away with Abhishek Bachchan in the film's climax.
So this time around, audiences won't see Junior B wake up from a dream and see a revival of sorts after meeting Amitabh Bachchan in heaven. Instead, he would breathe his last after being attacked by the mob.
The new cut of the film has been created especially for a screening in Venice Film Festival where the film has been selected for the 'Out Of Competition' category.
Says a source close to Mehra, 'His original script always had Abhishek Bachchan dying in the end. However, due to pressure from external forces who believed that this would be quite an unhappy end for the film, Mehra had to revive Abhishek. Not anymore though as the film maker has gone ahead and not just re-edited the film but also re-shot it a little to make beginning and end more justifiable.'
Says Rajiv Tandon, an official from Rakesy Omprakash Mehra Productions (ROMP), 'The new version is Rakeysh Mehra's original script. This is the first time that a film has been re-shot and re-edited post release.'
The film was co-produced by ROMP and UTV Motion Pictures and also starred Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor.