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MUMBAI: Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Phantom has been pushed from April to August. It can now be revealed why the film has been delayed because the makers have realised that it is very similar to the Akshay Kumar-starrer and Neeraj Pandey directed Baby that released last week.
Phantom is about post-26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism. It sounds oddly similar to Baby. The Saif-starrer revolves around protagonist Daniyal, whose journey to seek justice takes him from India to Europe, America and the volatile West Asia. Baby revolved around protagonist Ajay Rajput on a mission and it was shot in Istanbul, Nepal, Abu Dhabi etc. Also, the leading ladies are both special agents in the film. There were other similarities, so the team has decided not to release it so close to Baby. They are hoping that the audiences will be more willing to see Phantom when there is a big gap between the releases
Strangely, this has happened before to Katrina Kaif and director Kabir Khan with New York. The film’s subject was similar to Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Kurbaan. But at the time it was Kurbaan which was affected as New York released in June 2009 while Kurbaan released on November 2009. This time around Kabir and Katrina’s film seem to be the one in trouble. While Saif unfortunately is in the same position as before with his film releasing late and stands at risk of being compared to the original. But PK has shown us that it can be similar to another film (OMG) and still break records at the box-office so maybe all will be well.