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Subhash Ghai: Coincidence Kaanchi releasing during election

Subhash Ghai-directed Kaanchi is set for an April 25 release but the film-maker says he didn’t plan the release of his film during elections.

India is going to polls on April 7 and results will be announced on May 16.

“I wanted to release the film in December, but as a director I take my own time to complete the film. I never make a film with the release date as the target. It is just a coincidence that it is releasing during elections,” he said during a press conference for his forthcoming film.

Called the “showman of the industry”, Ghai was one of the most successful directors in the late 1970s and 1980s and gave a string of hits such as Kalicharan, Karz, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Saudagar and Pardes.

When asked about the title “showman”, the director said: “I still don’t know why people call me showman, but I see a showman in every second person I meet in the industry and I am happy about it.”

But the tide turned against him when his Yaadein failed miserably at the box office. His last directorial venture Yuvvraaj was also a flop. But Ghai is undeterred by the failure.

“I make films when I feel like making them. The most important thing for me is the passion to make films. Every director goes through ups and downs. There is a difference between a film that doesn’t work and a bad film. I will keep making films,” he said.