Despite Bollywood super star Salman Khan doing a cameo in close friend Ritesh Deshmukh’s first Marathi release as an actor, ‘Lai Bhaari’, things appeared out of order for Salman’s upcoming much-awaited release Kick, whose producer Sajid Nadiadwala has even written story for this Marathi movie. The bone of contention between the two movies is that ‘Lai Bhaari’ is doing exceptionally brisk business in both multiplexes and single screens and now its co-producer Ameya Khopkar is in no mood to lose out on the whopping collections of his film and allow screens for Kick which is scheduled to released on Eid.
Khopkar has co- produced the film with Riteish’s wife Genelia D’Souza. He said, “We will not withdraw from the screens where the film is doing very well. In the theatres where business is okay, we may give them a show or two.”
Nadiadwala who makes his directorial debut with Kick, has panicked after a meeting between the two producers did not yield a compromise. A source from his unit told this newspaper, “Khopkar is adamant that Lai Bhaari will continue to play on the screens where it is bringing in the money. Sajid did not imagine even in his wildest dream that he’d get such stiff competition from Lai Bhaari for Salman’s Eid release.”
A group of exhibitors tried to play peacemaker and met with the MNS, late last evening. While Nadiadwala remained unavailable for comment, distributor of Kick, Rahul Aksar said, “There’s no issue. We will divide and run.”