Friday the 13th is around the corner again, but Bollywood doesn’t seem all that frightened for its releases this time. Four films — Ragini MMS, Shagird, Stanley Ka Dabba and Love U Mr. Kalakaar will be making their way to the box office on the date, touted as one that brings bad luck.
“I don’t believe in the Friday the 13th syndrome. It’s just like any other Friday. As far as the content is good, one should not care about anything else,” says filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who is playing a gangster in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Shagird.
Actor Amrita Rao, who features in Love U Mr. Kalakaar, says, “Fortunately, number 13 has always been lucky for me. I did my first ad film on a Friday the 13th. So I don’t care how people feel about this day, but I consider Friday the day of Goddess Lakshmi, and 13, whose digits add up to number 4, is lucky for me.” Amole Gupte, the maker of Stanley ka Dabba, says, “I am not superstitious. We have announced the date and we will go with it.”
Others, however, have changed plans. Ragini MMS producer Ekta Kapoor says, “One works really hard for one’s film. So why take a chance? We have decided to hold a premiere on Thursday instead of Friday the 13th.”
Phobia or tongue twister?
The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga is the name of the Norse goddess for whom Friday is named and triskaidekaphobia, meaning fear of the number 13), or paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví meaning Friday, dekatreís meaning 13, and phobía meaning fear.