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Peace After Ayodhya Verdict More Important Than Our Film Release, Says Ranbir Kapoor

Mumbai, Sep 23: Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, who persuaded producer Sajid Nadiadwala to push back the release of 'Anjana Anjani' by a week, says maintaining peace following the Ayodhya verdict is more important than a
PTI September 23, 2010 12:45 IST
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Mumbai, Sep 23: Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, who persuaded producer Sajid Nadiadwala to push back the release of 'Anjana Anjani' by a week, says maintaining peace following the Ayodhya verdict is more important than a film's release.  

Ranbir's movie 'Anjana Anjani' which was slated to hit the screens worldwide tomorrow has been postponed till October 1 as the release date coincides with the verdict to be pronounced by the Allahabad High Court into the long pending Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute.  

"Release of a film is a happy occasion and time to celebrate. I still remember the images of the Babri demolition, the blasts... The verdict is more important than a film's release. The decision can go in anybody's favour which may create an unfavourable atmosphere. It's not a good day to celebrate rel11ease of a movie. You just want to be there for the country," Ranbir told PTI.  

The 27-year-old actor said he just put across his thought of putting off the release by a week to the producers which they agreed.  

"Lot of money is at stake for the producers. The prints had already reached the theatres. The concern is not people coming to the theatres. If they don't come on Friday, they will come the next day if the film is good," he said.

Ranbir said 'Anjana Anjani' directed by Siddharth Anand was a simple love story where he plays Akash, a weak character.  

"He is an investment banker and has lost everything. When he decides to end his life, he meets Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) and spend 20 days together, doing things they have never done in their life. They learn to appreciate love and life," he said.  He said shooting for 'Anjana Anjani' took up to New York after nine years.  

"I used to study there and New York is my favourite city after Mumbai," Ranbir said.  

The actor said success of his last two movies, 'Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani' and 'Raajneeti' have not put pressure on him.  "Just like country is bigger than a movie, a movie is bigger than an actor," the young actor said.  

"I am a very detached person. Once my work in a film is over, it is out of my system. I leave it to the audience to accept it or reject it. I believe that if success goes in your head, you are a changed person. Fortunately that has not happened to me," he said.  

The Kapoor scion does not believe that he is enjoying stardom post the success of his last two films.

"I have seen stardom since childhood because of the family I come from...my grandfather, parents, uncles, cousins...I have not achieved even 10 per cent of that. I am still not happy with what I have achieved and still have a long way to go," he said. PTI