Is Shilpa delaying the release of Metro?

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 26, 2007 05:42 hrs

Even as Shilpa expressed her delight at the enthusiasm generated in Great Britain by her next release Metro, news comes that she's the reason behind the film's delay.

Director Anurag Basu gives Shilpa a clean chit. "Shilpa had asked me before leaving for Big Brother . We tried to complete her work before her departure. But her dates couldn't be co-ordinated with the rest of the artistes. Shilpa thought she'd be evicted from Big Brother by 20 January. She never dreamt she'd stay on till the end. She has nine days work left which we'll complete as soon as she returns."

Anurag is in fact over-joyed by the overseas buzz for Metro . "I don't have an overseas audience. It's because of Shilpa that they're now making inquiries about Metro from festivals across the world. The film has benefited greatly from her presence. We are all very proud of her. My co-producers UTV were taken into confidence about pushing Metro's release in April."

Regarding the delay of Mahesh Bhatt's son's launch film Suicide Bomber which Mr Bhatt has apparently been grumbling about, Anurag says, "The delay in Metro has caused a chain reaction. Suicide Bomber is delayed. I can't shoot two films together. But what difference do a couple of months make when there's such a larger issue? Shilpa has done all of us proud. Why create bad blood? I've told Shilpa I'm lucky for her. I'll now be polishing up the script for Suicide Bomber."

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