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Ajay delays Atithi for Aseem Bajaj

Written by: By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 10:12 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]Ajay Devgn pushes back his own film's release date because his friend Aseem Bajaj requested him to . The release date of Amita Pathak's debut production, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? starring Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal, has been pushed back from February 26 to March 5.

Says a source, "Ajay Devgn is very close to cinematographer Aseem Bajaj. Ajay can never refuse friends and bails them out when in trouble. When Aseem was in hospital last year, Ajay had arranged for his entire medical stay there, including his doctor. Aseem's wife Leena, is the director of Teen Patti and Ajay and the couple go back a long way. Aseem was to direct Ajay's home production All The Best but as he had given the dates for Atithi and had to refuse. Aseem is also the DoP (director of photography) for Atithi."

The source adds, "Leena's Teen Patti was to release on February 12 but because of some problems cannot. The producers of Teen Patti got a release date of February 26 but apart from Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?, Karthik Calling Karthik is also scheduled to release on the same day. So Aseem and Leena approached Ajay and executive producer Kumar Mangat Pathak and requested them personally to postpone the film. She told them that Teen Patti had already been pushed back and it would help them if Atithi could be pushed back. Ajay graciously agreed to release their film on March 5."

Says Amita Pathak, "Yes we have been in talks with Aseem and Leena. Since the three films are of different genres, releasing all of them on the same day would cut into their individual markets. We decided to postpone the film.

We didn't want the films to clash. Also Teen Patti had already pushed back their date once, so we decided that we should do it this time. We took the decision to postpone Atithi on Sunday evening. We have made some changes to the film and shot the promo song with Ajay, Paresh and Konkona. The film is complete. The promo should come out next week."

Topics: konkona sen sharma, ajay devgn, atithi tum kab jaaoge, aseem bajaj
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