Kangana Ranaut’s Mental Hai Kya vs Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30: Producer Ekta Kapoor says ‘there’ll be no mud-slinging’
Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms has confirmed that its upcoming film Mental Hai Kya, starring Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao, will be released on July 26, clashing at the box office with Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30.
In a statement tweeted by Ekta on Tuesday, the producer said that the decision had been made after taking ‘recommendations from the distributors, trade analysts and a top research team’. The statement avoided mentioning Super 30 directly, but noted that both teams were involved with the decision making process, and that they hope there will be no ‘mud-slinging’. “This is a call taken by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji telefilms considering better prospects for the movie at the box office,” the statement read.
Mental Hai Kya was originally slated for a June 21 release, when it would have clashed against Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh. Interestingly, Kangana had earlier set her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi up against Super 30 on January 26, but the Hrithik-starrer was delayed after director Vikas Bahl was named in the #MeToo movement. The film’s post production was overseen by Anurag Kashyap, but the film will not carry a director’s credit.
Hrithik and Kangana have a long history of personal animosity. They were involved in a widely publicised dispute after Kangana called him a ‘silly ex’, which Hrithik denied.
While Mental Hai Kya is said to be a quirky crime comedy, Super 30 is the biopic of mathematician Anand Kumar.
Here’s the full statement:
To whomsoever it may concern,
A lot is being reported about Mental Hai Kya clashing with another film at the box office on 26th July. The shift in the release date is a decision taken after recommendations from the distributors, trade analysts and a top research team, keeping in mind the other releases a week before and after this date. We have thus been advised to shift the release of our movie to 26th July, purely for business prospects.
On knowing that there is already a movie scheduled for a release on that date, we did everything in our purview to ensure the other parties that there will be no mud slinging and it will be a dignified release. We stand by assuring that to all other parties.
This is a call taken by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji telefilms considering better prospects for the movie at the box office.
Balaji Telefilms’ condemn the reports being circulated and would like to state that Mental Hai Kya will be releasing on 26th July to ensure better business growth and prospect for the film.
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