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It is silly: Shah Rukh Khan on YRF-ADF tussle

PTI  Mumbai, November 06, 2012
First Published: 15:58 IST(6/11/2012) | Last Updated: 16:23 IST(6/11/2012)

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan finds theongoing controversy regarding the number of screens alloted for the release of his film 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' and Ajay Devgn's 'Son of Sardar' "silly and strange" and insists that it is a free market and not "monopolistic".

Ajay Devgn Films Pvt Ltd (ADF) had moved the Competition Commission Of India (CCI) claiming that Yash Raj Films (YRF) was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to its upcoming release 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' than for his film 'Son of Sardaar' on November 13.

"Instead of being disheartened, it is silly, it is not just right. I don't know how it gets resolved. Is someone going to tell me not to release my film on Friday," Shah Rukh told PTI.

"I don't understand it... I find it very strange rather than disheartening. What is the meaning of all this? The film is coming out, let's pray for each other's film. I think both the movies will do well," the actor added.

Ajay had said that he had filed the notice much before the demise of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra (October 21) but the news came up only a few days after his death. Shah Rukh feels it is amusing to talk about all this as it does not seem logical, considering that the makers of both the films are adamant on releasing their respective movies on the same date.

"What are we trying to show by all this... It is amusing. I don't understand the logic of all this," he said. Ajay had claimed that YRF 'armtwisted' exhibitors to dedicate more screens to 'JTHJ', than his 'SoS', both which are up for release on November 13. But Shah Rukh insists it depends on exhibitors which film to buy.

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