Bodyguard on schedule!

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By Hindustan Times
New Delhi, Aug. 18 -- Speculation is rife that Bodyguard will not make its August 31 deadline. But producer Atul Agnihotri rubbishes the rumours: "It's an Eid release, we're totally prepared."
Atul points out that the release date for any film is important and he fixed on Eid for Bodyguard even before Dabangg (2010) released. "After Wanted (2009) and Dabangg's super-success, expectations have soared. We wouldn't have rushed it had we been compromising on quality. The shooting spilled over because it has many action scenes that required thought and time. But we're on schedule," he asserts.
There's persistent buzz that his lead actor and brother-in-law Salman Khan is primarily responsible for the delay. He is believed to have taken over the roles of director, choreographer and editor too, and has even re-shot certain scenes. "MM Siddiqui, who also directed the Malayalam film Kavalan that inspired this one, is totally in command. Yes, Salman is involved but isn't that true for all thinking and contributing actors, be it Shah Rukh (Khan), Aamir (Khan), Farhan (Akhtar) or Hrithik (Roshan)?" asks Atul.
He insists insists there'd be a problem if Salman came without even hearing the song he was going to shoot. "It's good to have an actor who's committed to a project. An actor like Salman has done far more work than any of us and his inputs are invaluable," says Atul.
The producer is heartened by the overwhelming response to the film's promos: "One thing I can promise, Bodyguard is not Wanted or Dabangg recycled. No repeats!" he says.

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