"Aladin will release in summer 2009" - Sujoy Ghosh

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By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network

Sujoy Ghosh's most ambitious project till date, Aladin, was last slated to arrive in Christmas 2008. However, Ghajini too chose the same timing for its arrival and coupled with other unforeseen circumstances, Aladin had to be pushed all the way into 2009. However, Sujoy is in no tearing hurry to bring the film quickly to the theaters. He is waiting for the right release timing and is now aiming at summer 2009 for the film's arrival.

"I am looking at a June/July release of Aladin. I am happy though with the principal shooting of the film which is through. The post production work is currently underway but I don't want to rush it up", says Sujoy who managed to rope in biggies like Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt for his children's fantasy film.

Before going on floors, Aladin was in trouble for quite some time. Rohan Sippy, the original producer of the film chose not to be associated with it anymore due to budgetary issues and Sujoy had to take the mettle of producing the film himself. Later, there were talks about Sanjay Dutt no more being the part of the film due to his arrest. There were also rumors around his replacement, which were simply laughed away by Sujoy since he knew what the truth was.

Later, even as the film's shoot went on peacefully, the earlier plan of Diwali 2008 release seemed out of reach due to which Christmas was chosen as the eventual D-Day. Now with a further six month delay in the film's release, doesn't it get frustrating for Sujoy Ghosh who would be looking at shrugging away the Home Delivery (2005) failure?

"I don't think on those lines at all. It is a family film with children as the target audience; hence it is of utmost importance that Aladin releases in the season which is perfect for the arrival of family entertainers. If not a Diwali or a Christmas, it has to be during summer vacations; no two ways about it", informs Sujoy.

Aladin is also special because with this film, Eros International (which is producing the film in association with Sujoy Ghosh's production company Boundscript) also makes a foray into visual effects with their recently launched EyeQube Studios. Meant to boast of hi-end special effects film, the film stars Riteish Deshmukh in the title role of Aladin and also introduces Jackie Fernandez opposite him. The film has music by Vishal-Shekhar and also features songs sung by Amitabh Bachchan as well as Sanjay Dutt.

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