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Hello India, in the making for ten years, is still on hold. Akshay Kumar is waiting for a hit, while the director blames the delay on a pending four-hour shoot

By Ruhail Amin (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 17, 2009)

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Akshay Kumar, who is known for finishing his films in three to four months, has been toying with Hello India for over a decade. The film has been remade thrice since 1999 and still, a release date is nowhere in sight. Shabnam Kapoor, director of Hello India, blamed the delay on a four-hour shoot which is still pending, while our source said that the producers and Akshay want to wait for his other films to work at the box office.

Our source said, “The producers and Akshay are expecting Blue and De Dana Dan to do well as Chandni Chowk to China, Tasveer 8×10 and Kambakkht Ishq were unsuccessful. They have planned to shift the release date to the latter half of January 2010.”

However, director Shabnam Kapoor had a different take on this issue. She said, “Akshay still has to shoot for four hours for Hello India. I also have to get the cast together for this particular sequence. Why point fingers at Akshay and the makers of Hello India alone? I guess it makes business sense for anyone to have a hit film before the release of the next. Though, we are not deliberately delaying it for similar reasons. Akshay, in fact, was the one who liked the idea of re-shooting the film.”

Hello India first went on the floors in the year 1999 and was shelved after a 15 day shoot. The shoot again started from scratch in the year 2003 and was again shelved after completing 30 percent of the film. The producers revived the project again in 2008 and almost completed it. However, the film is still far from release.


By Subhash K. Jha, August 29, 2009 – 12:27 IST Akshay Kumar
A 12-year old film finally got completed this week, thanks to its leading man Akshay Kumar’s determination to not have a single film of his in the cans.

This week after completing a schedule of Sajid Khan’s Housefull, Akshay Kumar sent Deepika Padukone packing and called producer-director Shabnam Kapoor to London to complete the long-pending Purab Ki Laila Paschim Ka Chaila, now called Hello India.

Shabnam Kapoor flew to London and shot with Akshay Kumar for almost a week before he flew out to Italy on Thursday for the next schedule of Housefull.

With the completion of Purab Ki Laila… which also stars Namrata Shirodkar and Suniel Shetty, Akshay prides himself on being the only leading man in Bollywood who has no films in the cans.

Interestingly, this would be only the second film in Akshay’s career directed by a female. Sangharsh directed by Tanuja Chandra was the first.

He now has the enviable record of being the only Bollywood superstar with no incomplete films to his discredit.