Director James Mangold’s Logan has opened to a roaring boxofficeresponse all over India. But producer Vipul Shah whose Commando 2has opened alongside Logan is not overly worried.
“Every film has its own destiny. I agree both Logan and Commando 2are action films. But Logan is a Hollywood film.Even if they’ve released a dubbed Hindi version it is still not a desi film. I’d like to believe that our audiences would like to see Vidyut Jamwal do his stunts as much as they’d like to see Hugh Jackman do his action, if not more.”
Vipul has another ace up his sleeve. “Our film is certified ‘UA’ by the censor board which means kids can watch it. Logan is for Adults only. This naturally limits their viewership, no matter how much curiosity and interest people have in their film.”
Vipul also feels helplessness about the release date. “We were supposed to release Commando 2 in January. Then the financial crisis after the demonetization happened.We had to move forward to March as February was booked with biggies like Jolly LLB 2 and Rangoon. We zeroed in on March 17 since there was Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya onMarch 10.Then Ram Gopal Varma decided to release Sarkaar 3 onMarch 17. We decided we’d rather take on Logan and Hugh Jackmanon March 3 than Mr Bachhan on March 17. Now of course Sarkaar 3has moved forward.”
Vipul feels the clamour for proper release dates is getting unmanageable. “There is nowhere for filmmakers to run to. We have to face the competition. And if Commando 2 is destined to be liked more than Logan nothing can stop it.”