Shahrukh Khan talks about the issue over the allotment of screens for the release of Ekta Kapoor's Once Upon A time In Mumbaai Dobara (OUATIMD). He says that Chennai Express producers UTV did make way for Balaji's request ans yet there seems to be an issue. Ekta's mother Shobha Kapoor, who released Once Upon A time In Mumbaai Dobara on August 15, had expressed disappointment with UTV over the sharing of screens.
Shahrukh Khan explained that the requested screen space was given for OUATIMD. "We had booked single screen theatres for two weeks. A desire came from there (Balaji) that look we are coming on August 15 and can you give us some theatres. I don't do the business, they (UTV) said we will give you 40 to 50 per cent (screen space) which we did," expressed Shahrukh.
"Our film was earlier supposed to release on Thursday, it then got shifted to Friday, a week means seven days and everyone has the right to run their film for seven days. So seven days got over and we gave them the theatres on Friday. If there is an issue or complaint about this, I think it is little unfounded," he added.
At SRK's request, the makers of OUATIMD had pushed the release date of their film to August 15 to avoid a clash with Chennai Express on Eid. "I think sometimes when you talk about the business part then you start taking my name because I stand for the business part of Red Chillies or I am the face of this film. I don't think there is any reason, as far as UTV is concerned, to have an issue with Balaji. As far as I am concerned I was not part of the business," Shahrukh clarified.