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Bollywood Showbiz Action Hero Saif Ali Khan not safe for Bollywood box office?

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Filming for Akshat Verma’s Saif Ali Khan-starrer Kaalakandi was completed earlier this year, but the debutante director has been unable to take his film to theaters.

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The trade circuit is abuzz with talk that producer Nikkhil Advani will have to sell the film at a considerably lower price than estimated, given that distributors are wary of banking on Saif, whose previous outings, including Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, failed to set the cash registers ringing.

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That Verma’s dark comedy isn’t formulaic fare that may instantly “click”, makes it less worthy, says a source. Nikkhil’s association with the project may play a crucial role in finding distributors, given that his next films, including Farhan Akhtar-starrer Lucknow Central and Bazaar, also starring Saif, are creating sufficient buzz among cinegoers.

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