MUMBAI: Blame it on the punctilious superstar. And this time you may be wrong. But the fact is, the next schedule of ‘Dhoom 3’ in December with Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has been postponed, possibly to the end of February 2013.
Not just that, another schedule of the film in January 2013 has also been postponed.
According to sources both the December 2012 and January 2013 schedules would “hopefully” happen in February 2013.
The immediate reaction to this dismaying turn of events was to attribute it to Mr Perfectionist’s penchant for getting it absolutely right. A source says, Aamir needed to rehearse for his action scenes. Another source close to the project says, “The ten-day December schedule from 7th to 17th was postponed because Aamir needed to promote ‘Talaash’.”
However the Yashraj spokesperson gives Aamir a clean chit on the time taken off for ‘Talaash’.
Stating that the next schedule of ‘Dhoom 3’ would occur “post-Talaash” the YRF spokesperson says, “As a norm we do appreciate an artiste’s unavailability for our project during another film’s promotion and that was built into our schedule.”
It took some serious probing to unearth the real reason why the next schedule of ‘Dhoom 3’ has been pushed to February.
According to a source, there is “legitimate technical reason” for the delay in the next schedule, and it has to do with space.
Explains the source, “The requirement for the next schedule is a mammoth studio floor, of the kind where no Hindi film has ever been shot before, to shoot some international-level action sequences. The idea was to accommodate the spatial requirement in Yashraj studios. But not even the most spacious floor at Yashraj Studios could accommodate the expanse stretch and height required to shoot those scenes.”
Apparently the venue for the next schedule would now have to be shifted from Mumbai to outside India.
“There’s no fix yet on where these scenes would be shot. It would depend entirely on where the director Vijay Krishna Acharya gets the studio space needed for the stunts he has devised. The matter would be sorted soon. The release date would be decided only after the last two schedules are completed.”