Why are so many of Sushant Singh Rajput’s films getting shelved or delayed? Barely had we gotten over the fact that his dream project Paani with Shekhar Kapoor has been aborted, and that the space odyssey Chanda Mama Dur Ke has been indefinitely delayed, comes the news that Sushant’s almost-ready-for-release starrer Drive, his first for Karan Johar productions, is in trouble. Deep trouble.
According to sources in the know, the film’s producer Karan Johar is not happy with the end-product. “Karan has already sent back the film for re-shooting twice. But even after director Tarun Mansukhani re-shot portions of Drive, Karan was unhappy. At the moment the future of the film seems uncertain. Because Karan is not willing to release it the way it has shaped up now,” says the well-informed source.
This is not the first time that Karan Johar and his protégé Tarun Mansukhani have had creative differences. Way back in 2009, Karan greenlit Mansukhani’s Dostana 2 with Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Katrina Kaif. But the project was put on indefinite hold and finally shelved, as Mansukhani could not come up with a satisfactory script.
Drive which was to release in 2017 was pushed to March 2018. That date too was postponed. The film is unlikely to meet its current release date in September 2018.
For Sushant Singh Rajput, this would be a setback as even his other big release, Kedarnath which was to feature Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara, has been caught up in delays and controversies. However, now the problems have been sorted and hopefully it will release smoothly.