Anurag Basu's Barfee, which seems to have been bitten by the delay bug, has had its dates pushed forward yet again.
The Ranbir Kapoor-Ileana D'Cruz- Priyanka Chopra-starrer has been in the pipeline for ages now. While at a certain point of time last year, Ranbir needed to give his time to Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar. Then, PC had trouble juggling dates for 3-4 scenes. And now, if rumours are to be believed the producers want to pep up the content.
"Barfee, for all the claims by its makers and actors is finally about physical and emotional handicaps," informs an insider. While Anurag and Ranbir deny that this will be a dark film, producers deem it dark enough to want to repair a few things about it. "Some additional music is being recorded. And some light-hearted scenes featuring Ranbir and Priyanka will have to be shot," adds our source.
The edits are always what a director is concerned about most. Anurag, when contacted, added in response "So many other films that have started after me, including Karan Johar's Student of the Year are not complete. A false perception is being created that I am taking longer to complete this film than necessary." But that's not stopping him from admitting that there's much still left to be done when it comes to this film. "There's a couple of days of patchwork shooting left. We're working on the editing, background music and post-production of the film," he said. So from what we gathers, it's the tidbits and the post-production that's taking the time.
UTV also has two more films to take care of around the same time. Does the line-up concern him? "They have three films lined up in August and September: Joker, Heroine and my film. It's their call in what sequence they want to release them."
Sujata Chanda from UTV said, "We wanted to capitalise on the successful Rowdy Rathore pair hence Joker has been pushed ahead to August 31. Barfee on the other hand needed some more post-production, so the date has been postponed to September 14."
Will Barfee keep up with the date, or does Basu see hurdles coming up too? "That's the date I've been told. Baqi sab UTV ke haath mein." says the director.
We hope all goes well with the movie!