No takers for Rajesh Khanna`s last movie, project postponed

Mumbai: Legendary actor Rajesh Khanna`s last film ‘Riyasat’ was supposed to hit the screens Friday, a day before the 70th birth anniversary of the late star. But the film`s director, Ashok Tyagi, says the release stands postponed as the team couldn`t find any distributor for the project.

The film is now expected to release in March 2013.

"This is Kakaji`s (Rajesh Khanna`s) last film, but every distributor is looking at it as a business. He was a superstar and nobody is bothered about his last film," Tyagi told reporters.

"Everybody looks at this film with a business perspective. I was quite sentimental about releasing this film on his birth anniversary," rued Tyagi.

But he is still positive.

"I am still very optimistic about my film because Kakaji`s performance is outstanding in the film. I am sure the film will find its own way. Now I have got to know that a few of them are deciding to release the film in March. So now Rajesh Khanna`s last film will be releasing in March 2013," he said.

Asked if he took the support of Rajesh Khanna`s family, Tyagi said: "I don`t look at it that way. But if the family wants to take an initiative, then they are most welcome. But I personally didn`t ask for any help."

For his role in ‘Riyasat’, Rajesh Khanna is said to have sat and watched the DVD of the 2005 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer ‘Sarkar’.

‘Riyasat’ also features Gauri Kulkarni, Aryan Vaid, Aryeman Ramsay and Raza Murad.

Rajesh Khanna died July 18, 2012 after prolonged illness and a liver infection, and after he had wrapped up most of the shooting for ‘Riyasat’.