Shahrukh Khan starrer Raees and Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil is all set for a clash on January 27, 2016 and the director Sanjay Gupta opened up about the impact it woud cause to both the sides at the box office. He said,
"I wouldn't say I am in denial but I think the clash could still be averted. In all fairness, Rakeshji (Roshan) did announce the release date first. SRK is a man of principle, a man of his word, he is a Pathan. I can't fathom SRK stepping on someone's toes."
"I don't know if the films will come on the same day or not but I definitely think they shouldn't. If someone else had announced a film before him, there's no way in hell that Rakeshji would release his film on the same date. That is the respect we need to accord one another." he said.
When asked if Raees Vs Kaabil would indeed turn out to be SRK Vs Hrithik, Sanjay quipped, "Hrithik is 10 years younger than Shah Rukh. So I don't see this as a competition. Shah Rukh's competition are Salman and Aamir. Both the films (Raees and Kaabil) won't do more than Rs 150 crore in a week because we have a Rs 300 crore box office window at best. When Salman releases a film solo, he gets Rs 300 crore. Shah Rukh should be looking at getting Rs 300 crore for his film and I'm sure he is looking at that possibility. I don't understand why he would restrict the business of his own film. This clash is also going to be detrimental to them."