Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 so far but the makers have plans to bring this underworld gaga right on schedule next Independence day weekend. Though there have been speculations around whether this is a wishful thinking or indeed a definite possibility, courtesy quite a few other assignments that he is currently engaged on, those close to Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria claim that the producer and the director are happily chanting the call of ‘all is well’.
“Both are currently busy on wrapping up The Dirty Picture but as soon as the film’s release is through, they would go heads down on kick-starting Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. There is no need for anyone to panic because things are going entirely as per the plans”, says a source close to the duo, “In fact as we talk, the final version of the film’s script is being locked and a parallel hero (to Akshay) is being finalised. More than anyone else, Akshay is most excited about beginning work on the film. He is convinced that this is the one huge clutter-breaking film in his line-up.”
The speculations around the arrival time period of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 began when the release timing for Akshay’s another action entertainer Rowdy Rathore was announced last week. As the film would arrive in June while Akshay’s other film Housefull 2 has been pre-poned to April next year, many wondered if it would be too much too soon for Akshay to bring yet another film in August 2012.
“Akshay works quite fast on his films,” says a close associate of Akshay. “His films typically take 50-70 days to complete and Milan’s film won’t be any different. In fact what is also helping the makers further is the fact that the crew of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 as well as The Dirty Picture is nearly the same. This means that from a continuity perspective, everyone involved has to move from one film to another.”
This is exactly what’s allowing Milan to breathe easy as well. Though he is now going through reverse counting for the 2nd December release for his Vidya Balan-Emraan Hashmi starrer The Dirty Picture, the Balaji team is working simultaneously on the pre-production of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai so that there is a hassle-free beginning for one of the most keenly awaited sequels next year.
When contacted, Milan dismissed rumours surrounding the film and confirmed that it would indeed make it for 17th August release next year. “I always wanted to make films back to back to back without waste any time. Guess this time around all seems to be going as per plans. We have all dates blocked for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, start shooting next February and wrap it by April in more or less a single schedule. All is well”, he chuckles before signing off.