What’s the need of releasing 14 films on one Friday?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2016 10:35 IST
So many releases will eat up into each others business.

On the heels of Sultan and Kabali, this Friday will see the release of a glut of films - 14 of them.

While Salman Khan’s Sultan and Rajinikanth-starrer Kabali were released across close to 5500 screens worldwide on July 6 and July 22 respectively, lesser films or films with average star-cast have failed to find enough number of screens. Either they had to push their films towards September or had to be content with whichever Friday they could get.

Watch: Manoj Bajpayee in the trailer of Budhia Singh - Born To Run

Biggies such as Mohenjo Daro and Rustom are set to reap the benefits of a long Independence Day weekend, so relatively smaller ones have to be released on August 5.

Watch: Aditi Rao Hyadri, Arshad Warsi in a song from The Legend Of Michael Mishra

Manoj Bajpayee is the most well known star this time. His Budhia Singh – Born To Run will be jostling against Rajeev Khandelwal’s Fever and Arshad Warsi’s The Legend Of Michael Mishra. Rajpal Yadav will also be seen in Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai which is based on the theme of familial prostitution. Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara, Purab Ki Awaz and Moods Of Crime are also set to open this week.

Watch: Trailer of Rajeev Khandelwal’s thriller Fever


It’s going to be a tough week for Hollywood films in India. It’s surprising because Hollywood doesn’t normally release two big films simultaneously in India. Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne, and he will battle it out with the DC superheroes in Suicide Squad. Bourne has a huge fan following in India and that can make it tough for Suicide Squad.

Watch: Matt Damon returns in Jason Bourne

Watch: Trailer of much-awaited Suicide Squad

Gurvinder Singh made heads turn with his amazingly crafted Anhe Ghore Da Daan in 2011. A big name in the film festival circuit, Singh is back with Chauthi Koot based on the post Operation Blue Star in Punjab. It was screened and appreciated in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch: Trailer of award winning Chauthi Koot

GV Prakash Kumar is trying hard to be the next youth sensation in Tamil cinema. But, it’s not going to be easy for his Meendum Oru Kadhal Kathai which will be up against Jeeva’s Thirunaal. Both have sizeable fan following and it’s difficult to predict a clear-cut winner at this stage.

Watch: GV Prakash Kumar in Meendum Oru Kadhal Kathai trailer


Another fight is brewing in the South as Mohanlal’s Vismayam is up against Marubhoomiyile Aana, and Ann Maria Kalippilaanu. He definitely has the edge, but content is still the king in the Malayalam cinema.


Watch: Acting powerhouse Mohanlal returns in Vismayam

All these films are set to face a hard time to make profits because of the limited number of screens. This is the bitter reality of how a big film, even before its release, can ruin a small film’s business

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