There was dispute over content of ‘Patiala House’ trailer: Advani

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
Thursday, December 30, 2010

MUMBAI - Nikhil Advani had a difference of opinion with the rest of his team over the content of the first trailer of Akshay Kumar-starrer “Patiala House” as a result of which there was delay in getting it ready for being attached to “Tees Maar Khan”.

“All I’ll say is, there was some dispute over the content. ‘Patiala House’ is not a comedy and I didn’t want to pitch it as a comedy. My biggest compliment was when Rishi Kapoor (who plays Akshay’s father) called up to say, ‘You’ve hit a sixer with your first trailer,” said Advani.

When Advani visited a suburban theatre to watch TMK on Friday to check out his own film’s hero’s latest offering. Nikhil wanted to see the first trailer of his own film “Patiala House” that was attached to “Tees Maar Khan”. But the trailer of “Patiala House” was missing from the film.

“All the prints of the trailers for the Dolby theatres could’t be ready in time. So only about 70 percent of the Dolby theatres could show the trailer of ‘Patiala House’ with ‘Tees Maar Khan’. Unfortunately, I landed up in one of the theatres that didn’t have my trailer attached to the film. Can you imagine? The world saw it. I couldn’t,” said Advani.

Was it a last-minute decision to peg the “Patiala House” trailer to “Tees Maar Khan”?

“No no. We had decided long ago to attach our first trailer to ‘Tees Maar Khan’. Akshay is a co-producer on both projects. Since ‘Patiala…’ is not a comedy, we decided we’d wait for the release of ‘Tees Maar Khan’ before starting the campaign,” said the director.

Akshay admits “Patiala House” takes him into another mood away from the comic.

“There is only some black humour in ‘Patiala House’. Otherwise it’s a very dramatic story of a Sikh father who thinks it’s unpatriotic of his British-Indian son to play cricket for the British team against India Yes, there were creative differences over what the first trailer should look like. I am not just the actor on the project. I am the producer as well,” said Akshay.

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