Update #2: Mausam will not be screened at TIFF (full report here) and will release worldwide on the 23rd.
Update #1: Mausam has been granted the censor certificate, so it seems the movie is on track to be released on the 16th. However, news doing the rounds suggests that the movie may release on the 23rd internationally since there has been a delay in sending the reels across. So far, though, the screening at Toronto International Festival seems to be on. We’ll update you when we have official word!
Oh dear, it seems the Shahid Kapoor-starrer Mausam is going through some bad weather. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has apparently objected to a scene in the film and is therefore withholding its No Objection Certificate (NOC), which means the film will most likely not be issued the censor certificate and therefore would not be allowed to release on September 16th.
According to Shahid, the IAF had been consulted throughout the scripting/shooting phases and were co-operative, but this scene was constructed later using special effects – which also explains why Team Mausam would be hesitant to axe the scene; not only would it affect the screenplay, but it’d also mean lots of money down the drain.
So if this issue is not resolved quickly (and by quickly we mean very quickly), then the movie will probably not release on the 16th as planned, but rather on the 23rd. Right now, the news doing the rounds suggests that the film will be postponed, but we’re choosing to take Shahid’s word on this, which is:
No, we’re kidding. Actually, it is:
Hopefully things will be sorted out, but everything’s pretty much up in the air right now. However, we’ll keep you updated as we know more!
In conclusion, a (very short) open letter:
I’ve waited nearly two years for this film. Please don’t make me wait a minute longer.