Big films clashing in theaters is not a new phenomenon in Bollywood. From Son Of Sardaar and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2013) to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay (2016), many blockbusters have faced each other at the box office. And now, it’s the turn of Raees and Kaabil to battle it out at the ticket window.
Though the makers of Kaabil tried their best to avert a face off, and shifted their release date to January 25, a day earlier than the previously announced date of January 26, 2017.
However, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees will also hit the screens on the same day.
Rakesh Roshan, the producer of Kaabil, has spoken on the big clash. He talked to DNA, “I didn’t know about their date. My distributors said we should come out on January 25 from the evening shows. I didn’t know the Raees team also planned to change their date.”
He further said, “Whatever dates we are taking, they are following us. I would have never done the same. I belong to an old school of filmmaking and I have given 50 years of my life to the industry. I would never release my film on a day when another filmmaker has already announced their film.”
Roshan sounded disappointed and said, “I decided to remove Krrish 4 also from Christmas 2018 because I saw SRK’s film is coming that day. I could have easily released my film with Befikre or even with Dangal if I had to clash. But when I announced the film in February, I saw a clean window in January and hence I picked the date. I can’t get into this new groove of things because I don’t understand it.”
Kaabil stars Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in lead roles and is directed by Sanjay Gupta.