Even though Friday fever continues to rule Bollywood, two much awaited releases this year --Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger and Anurag Kashyap's Gangs Of Wasseypur are set to hit the screens on a Wednesday.
While the second part of Gangs Of Wasseypur releases on August 8, the Salman-Katrina Kaif starrer will open on August 15 -- both Wednesdays.
Kashyap's ambitious project releases exactly one week before the Yash Raj film, apparently in a bid to capitalise on the Janmashtami holiday occurring on Friday, and concurrently the weekend.
"In case of Ek Tha Tiger, August 15 being Independence day is a national holiday and with Salman at the helm, the returns will be surely high, considering the long weekend. But in case of Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 it is like a case study," said Trade analyst Taran Adarsh .
The romantic thriller directed by Kabir Khan sees Salman playing a RAW agent. While Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 is an extension of part one of the same name, which released on June 22 to much critical acclaim and proved to be a box office bonanza. The second part will have Faisal Khan - played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, taking revenge of his father Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpai) and grandfather -- Shahid Khan's (Jaideep Ahlawat) death, against Ramadhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia).
"I think both Ek Tha Tiger and Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 have good prospects. ETT will definitely do humongous business due to Salman and the five day long weekend is a bonus. Even GoW-2 does have a good chance at box office as the first part was success," said Girish Wankhede, spokesperson for Cinemax India.