We all are very well aware of the big Clash of Jan 2017 between Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees- Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil. Both films are set to release on January 25th, 2017. While one is about a bootlegger whose business plans are thwarted by a cop, the other is about a blind man taking revenge. Both are equally anticipated films making it a tough choice. Both trailers have been equally well received. Two big ticket films releasing on the same is not a great day for the box office. In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Bollywoodlife, Rakesh Roshan stated this clearly,” “Actually it is not right. Because if you see Hollywood also, the way they strategise, no two big films release together if you go back 10 years and see. You will never see Superman and Batman releasing together. And we have only 4-5 actors over here who are ruling the industry. There are so many weeks in the entire year, so why clash? By clashing you are eating into each other’s business,” said the filmmaker. Now in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Rakesh Roshan reveals why he couldn’t push the release date of Hrithik Roshan-Yami Gautam’s Film, “Once SRK suggested to me that I should shift my date. I told him I couldn’t because I am superstitious. During King Uncle, I had pushed the release earlier by four weeks because of my daughter Sunaina’s wedding and the film flopped. After that I have never shifted the original date.”
Even during Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai in January 2000, Aamir Khan’s Mela opened a week before our film and Shah Rukh’s Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani released a week later while Anil Kapoor’s Pukar was scheduled for two weeks later. Many of my distributors advised me not to come out on January 14 with Aamir on one side and Shah Rukh on the other. But I refused to change the date even though three distributors opted out two weeks prior to the release. They told me I was committing hara-kiri. I released the film myself in these territories and even mortgaged my house. God was kind, the film was successful! I explained this to SRK and pointed out to him that if I didn’t shift the release then when my son was still a debutant and there was so much at stake, I wouldn’t now. I told them to move Raees two weeks ahead or release it two weeks before. They hadn’t even announced their date at that point. But now that they have decided to come on the same date as us, it is fine. Both the films together will do a business of Rs 300 crore. What is my destiny will not change! Incidentally, Shah Rukh and I have a long relationship. He gave his first shot for a song in King Uncle in Nairobi.We later worked together as filmmaker and actor in Karan Arjun and Koyla. And years later, his company did the VFX for Krrish.
So what do you think of the Raees-Kaabil clash? Stay tuned for more updates on this epic clash of Jan 2017.
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