KGF's release may be delayed by few months
Director Prashanth Neel says the team has decided to push back the release in order to better promote the film across regions
There are just 20 days of shoot left for Yash-starrer KGF, directed by Prashanth Neel. The final schedule will take place in March. This will be followed by the post-production work. However, the director tells us the film will be delayed by a few months. He adds that he is not in a position to reveal the exact date of release. The reason for the longer wait is that it is being released in five languages - Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The film, made under Hombale Films, is produced by Vijay Kiragandur.
Prashanth says that the film has grown “larger” and therefore needs time for promotions in all the languages. “Initially, we were in a bit of hurry and wanted to release it in March. Now that we won’t be able to meet that deadline, we want to better promote the film and reach out to audiences all over Karnataka and India,” he says.
“We are confident about our product and want exhibitors and distributors from all languages to watch our film, which will take time,” he adds. He says that he will have a better clarity about the release date after the shoot is complete.
Rumours have it that part two of KGF might go on floors only next year. Prashanth says, “We have completely left that decision to Yash, who has committed to projects with other producers a long time ago. And with my style of filmmaking, if we wait for part two, it might bother other producers too. Secondly, it is not right for me to be commenting on this. According to all of us, the first half of this film is great and the second half is better. The sequel to KGF will definitely come out, and it will be worth the wait. But it is up to Yash, since he has professional and personal commitments to meet.”
Meanwhile, the director promises to aggressively work towards completing the post-production work. “But, I will start with the second part only if I am satisfied with the first. Our producers are confident about the project and have let the film take its own course,” he says.
Another interesting piece of news from Prashanth is that Yash will soon lose his beard, which he has been sporting for a while now. “Yes, he is going to do away with the beard for the second part. In fact, he might get rid of it in the last days of the coming schedule, for which he has to wear a clean-shaven look,” says the director.