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Salman Khan locks Eid for Kick release next year

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 27, 2013
First Published: 11:56 IST(27/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:16 IST(27/7/2013)

Since 2009, he has delivered four back-to-back blockbusters with his Eid releases. Naturally then, this particular festive period is considered to be Salman Khan’s home ground. And though the actor misses out on an Eid release this year, he will keep his date next year when friend Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick releases around the same time.

In fact, Salman’s action film — to not miss out on the date — will release on a Sunday (Eid is likely to fall on July 27 next year) and not the usual Friday. “Sajid wants to make the most of the holiday. And if Eid falls on Monday, it will still work in the film’s favour,” says an industry insider.

Incidentally, Salman’s isn’t the only film to have a non-Friday release. Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 will release on a Monday (on Diwali, which happens to be November 4). Also, the Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobara will be out on a Thursday (August 15). 

In the recent past, several filmmakers missed out on the usual Friday releases as well. The Salman-Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger released on Wednesday (August 15, 2012) while Jab Tak Hai Jaan, with SRK and Katrina in the lead, hit the theatres on a Tuesday (November 13, 2012).

For Salman, meeting the Eid deadline is even more special. After all, starting with Wanted in 2009, he has had biggies in the subsequent years too — Dabangg in 2010, Bodyguard in 2011, and Ek Tha Tiger in 2012.

On track in Glasgow
For the last few days, Salman has been in the news for his hit-and-run case, which has come up for hearing. And it was reported that Kick’s first schedule has got delayed (since he was supposed to start the shoot on July 24, the same date as the court’s deferred hearing). But filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala refutes those reports stating that his film is running as per schedule. The debutant director reveals that he was always supposed to start shooting on July 27, and the movie commences on the same date in Glasgow, UK.

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