MOVIE TALK: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and (inset) Boney Kapoor.
If Boney Kapoor’s plans and wishes come true…
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 12, 2009)
Call it a cruel twist of fate. Call it a publicity gimmick. Call it what you will. But listen to this. Producer Boney Kapoor has a plan. He is contemplating the release of his Kareena Kapoor-Shahid Kapoor film Milenge Milenge on Valentine’s Day next year. According to a trade source who has been consulting with Boney on the release plans, “Boney, his director Satish Kaushik and other top executives clearly feel that no date is more suited to this film than Valentine’s. Even some distributors are in agreement.”
Meanwhile, Shahid and Kareena have clearly moved on. It is not even known whether they will come together for the promotion of Milenge Milenge or whether they will promote it individually. But it is true, on Valentine’s Day youngsters flock to see a love story and Milenge Milenge is reportedly a beautiful screen love story.
There is more. Trade circles believe that Jab We Met worked because Shahid and Kareena had split before the actual release of the film. “There is more magic to a screen couple that is not romantically involved in real life,” says the source. “So Milenge Milenge stands a good chance.” Boney confirmed he is releasing his film in February. “I’m hoping for a mid-Feb release,” said the jovial filmmaker. “However, I’m not involved in all these release strategies that people are talking about. I have a team working on the release pattern. If it coincides with Valentine’s Day, then so be it.” He’s also hoping that Kareena and Shahid being professional actors, will do their best to honour whatever commitment is expected of them. May St. Valentine make his wish come true for him.