Nehlle Pe Dehlla to release on 2 March


MUMBAI: Producer Mahendra Dhariwal’s Nehlle Pe Dehlla will finally see the light of day on 2 March 2007.

The Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan starrer, that has been in the cans for three years, ran into problems when a Delhi distributor brought a stay order on the film recently. The film, which is the directorial debut of David Dhawan’s protégé, Ajay K Chandok, was to be Dutt’s first release after the verdict in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

Dhariwal, who has been camping in Delhi for a week, was unavailable for comment. Says a Delhi-based trader, “Honey Entertainment had earlier acquired the film for Delhi for Rs 4.8 million (Rs 48 lakh). But the sudden interest in the film after the blasts verdict changed the equations. The Film Makers Combine (FMC) and the Motion Pictures Association (MPA) have now intervened to resolve the differences between two warring distributors, one of whom eventually even procured a stay order on the film’s release.”

Dolly Films will now release the film in Delhi, says the source.

Says executive producer Rakesh Nahata, “Saraswati Films has acquired the rights for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, while Ultra has acquired the India Video rights. Overseas and satellite rights are being handled by Shemaroo, along with Prime Focus. Overall, we will release around 500 prints, including the digital formats. Navkar Finance, the new Bombay distributors, are releasing 110 prints including the digital version, in Bombay city, suburbs, Thane, Gujarat and Saurashtra.”

Chandok currently has two other films on hand, Team – The Force and Kisse Pyaar Karoon. “I have a lot of expectations from this film. Nehlle Pe Dehlla is a fun-filled film for the entire family. It is the story of two robbers, Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan, who want to become rich overnight. The major shooting schedules were completed in Goa and Mauritius with a few stints in Mumbai too.”