- Jagga Jasoos is releasing India on July 14
- Anurag Basu has missed the deadline to send international prints
- The director is still working on the special effects in the VFX lab
Our sources at the VFX labs and the sound-mixing studio confirmed that the final print is not ready as their teams are still working on the special effects because Anurag Basu is not satisfied with the result yet. The marketing and publicity team at Disney have done their bit to give it the push it needs and so have the actors by giving dozens of interviews, but many at the studio are having sleepless nights and are waiting with bated breath for the director to hand over the final print.
A source told NDTV.com that it's not just the special effects, even the dialogues and background score are being improved every day. Both Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif have been called in several times to dub a few extra lines, which Anurag Basu then adds and the editor has to fit it in.
A distributor confirmed, "It's always safe to send your print two weeks early in the international markets so that it releases on time and there can be some previews for local distributors."
This is not the first time the Anurag Basu's crew has complained of delays. Barfi (2012), which had Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz, also witnessed several delays and missed quite a few deadlines. Even though the actors had finished their part and shot through the committed schedules, Mr Basu kept requesting more dates for patchwork, and the actors had no option but to oblige.
Now, co-producer Ranbir Kapoor, the studio -Disney India/UTV - distributors, and exhibitors are hoping that Anurag Basu does not miss the July 14 deadline. Disney India/UTV refused to comment on the crisis. Watch this space for more.