This year on August 15, Yash Raj Films' Bachna Aye Haseenon will unveil.
It had competition from Goldie Behl's fantasy adventure Drona. But apparently, Drona has bowed out of the race, leaving Ranbir Kapoor with a clear field.
Drona, also featuring Priyanka Chopra will open after a week or two, we've been told.
While Siddharth Anand who is doing his third movie with Yash Raj after Salaam Namaste and Ta Ra Rum Pum has stuck to its annouced date of release, Behl's second film as a director, coming six years after his debut, Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai was initially said to open in July.
But reportedly, the director and his actor friend, who also featured in his maiden directorial, were superstitious about releasing it in the same month as Bas Itna Sa.. which had turned out to be a complete washout.
So August 15 was zeroed in on.
But with Kapoor heralded as the next big thing, together with a production house that is looking to salvage lost pride, producer Srishti Arya is having second thoughts about a face-off.
Given the negotiation tactics by Yash Raj, she may end up with lesser theatres and shows. Arya said, "Work on the visual effects is still on. We'll be able to get a fix on the release date only by the end of this week. But there's no reason to avoid coming with Bachna..which is a very different film."
However, our source at Eros Entertainment, which is presenting the movie, maintains, "Going by the current status of the post-production, we can be ready for an Independence Day release. But discussions are on to delay the film by a week, so we get good theatres and shows. Drona is a big budget movie, shot in novel locations,with lots of action and thrills, apart from extensive VFX We don't want anything to jeopardise the movie."