face-to-face The delay hasn't dampened the expectation about the Shahid-Kareena starrer ‘Milenge Milenge,' says filmmaker Boney Kapoor. harshikaa udasi

B oney Kapoor is a determined man. He knew he'd be able to release Milenge Milenge, which has waited for over two years to see the light of day thanks to the rift between its lead stars, Shahid and Kareena. “It's very rare in the industry to fall in this kind of trap, but it happened. Maybe it's their last film together and fortunately or unfortunately this had to be it. I would say the curiosity to see them together could draw audiences,” says the ever-at-ease Boney Kapoor.

Milenge Milenge (releasing July 9 in 1,200 screens worldwide) is the story of a couple, polar opposites, who meet each other in Bangkok and how they drift apart. Years later, destiny brings them face-to-face once more and creates hope that they might reunite. “Strangely it is their (Shahid and Kareena's) story. People are hoping this pair which had a wonderful chemistry might just come back together. I began making a love story four years ago and they happened to part ways. This definitely hurt my film but come to think of it now, I feel the publicity (though I could have done without the break-up) is a plus point for my film,” he smiles.

Milenge Milenge remained in limbo till the actors decided to put aside personal differences and finish what was left. But promoting the film together is not possible at all. After Milenge Milenge, Boney is releasing another waiting-in the-wings film, It's My Life, starring Genelia D'Souza and Harman Baweja. The In the pipeline are sequels of hits such as No Entry (titled Be Positive), Mr India (titled Mr India 2) and Wanted (titled Most Wanted), besides a film with wife Sridevi.