October 10, 2011 11:50:03 AM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
It's official-Saif Ali Khan's mega spy thriller AGENT VINOD would now release in the first half of 2012. Though no confirmation has yet come around the eventual release date, it would certainly not be 9th December this year. This also leaves the doors open for Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma who would now arrive sans any competition whatsoever on the same day.
"Ranveer's LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL was always planned for release on 9th December. However a few months back when Saif Ali Khan decided to arrive on the same date, there was a sense of uncertainty amongst all involved," says a source, "Clash of two movies is anyways never a happy situation, especially when it involves notable names. Obviously many felt that it was unfair since this romcom which has Anushka Sharma as one of the ladies was the first to form a queue, AGENT VINOD came later."
Though makers of AGENT VINOD were unavailable for comment, an insider said, "The month of December is anyways crowded with THE DIRTY PICTURE, LADIES V/S RICKY BAHL and DON 2. Moreover with MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:GHOST PROTOCOL also arriving in the same month, it didn't make sense for AGENT VINOD, which belongs to a similar spy thriller genre, to add on to the mayhem. It was amicably decided by all to move ahead and come at the time when the film had a better window available for marketing, promotion and release."
While for Kareena Kapoor this would mean yet another postponement of a film of hers (after EK MAIN AUR EKK TU) hence resulting in hectic times ahead for her (since she would also be shooting for HEROINE in the first half of 2012), the man who would be thanking his stars most is Ranveer Singh who can now aim at consolidating his position in the industry by benefiting most from the clean release period.