Kajol ‘Boycotts’ Premiere of YRF Film

Kajol is seen at a Disney-sponsored event in Mumbai Nov. 5. The actress was a no-show at Yash Raj Films’ premiere of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” reportedly because YRF was feuding with her husband, producer-actor Ajay Devgn. (Manav Manglani photo)

By R. M. Vijayakar, Special to India-West

After the general impression that Kajol was not invited for the premiere of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” because of the release fracas with husband Ajay Devgn’s “Son of Sardaar,” Mid-Day has claimed to expose the real reason why the actress was absent from the event that achieved a greater significance because of the controversy.

Kajol, claims the tabloid, was actually upset because YRF demanded Rs. 5 lakh from Ajay for using a section of the song “Kajrare” in their then-under-production film “Son of Sardaar” in view of their long-standing relationships. 

Later, YRF even hiked it to 2.5 million for the use of a 90-second sequence, the article says. The last straw was YRF reportedly not inviting her for the premiere because of the notice served to them over the theatres’ allotments. Though it solved her dilemma of whether to attend the show in the wake of what had happened, the actress, says the report, felt “very hurt.” 

Ajay is now even more upset that his wife was not invited because had fought for the issue of “SOS” vis-à-vis the other film.

Incidentally, though Kajol never worked under Yash Chopra’s direction officially, she has done three hit films (“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” “Yeh Dillagi” and “Fanaa”) for them.

Meanwhile, Ajay, who is said to be on holiday with family, is reportedly planning a huge celebration party after he returns for the success of his film, which though lagging behind at the overseas b-o., has, from Friday Nov. 23, has taken over 300 additional screens in the country that were showing “Jab Tak Hai Jaan.” With 550 screens less in the first ten days, “SOS” has netted almost 90 crore countrywide in the first 11 days to the other film’s near-100 crore figure!

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