Though Raj Kumar Santoshi was out of the country when the producers of his directorial venture Halla Bol took the decision to shift the film's release forward by two weeks, he's all for it.
Says Santoshi, "Since there’re two other big films scheduled for December 21, I see no harm in being cautious and shifting Halla Bol forward. The film's leading man Ajay Devgan sat down with the producers Pyramid Samaira and decided this. I agree completely with their decision."
Santoshi, as too a lot of prudent producers in Bollywood have realized the futility of a Saawariya-Om Shanti Om kind of clash at the box-office.
The director is currently in Los Angeles finalizing the technicians for his two lavish period films, one on Emperor Ashoka which he starts at the beginning of 2008 and the Ramayan which comes at the end of next year.
Both feature Ajay Devgan in the lead. "Both these films require tremendous pre-production detailing. I can't afford to think about Halla Bol at the moment. As far as I'm concerned I’ve done my best. Contrary to the reports, Halla Bol is not set in the film industry. Yes, the hero is a film actor and there're passing references to stars and events. But Ajay could be any professional. Halla Bol is a wake- up call for our collective conscience," says Santoshi.