The biggest clash of the year 2016, had to be between Salman Khan starrer Sultan, and Shahrukh Khan starrer Raees during Eid, and now it looks like Shahrukh Khan will bow down to any sort of competition and wants to avoid a clash of the titans.
Rumours are doing the rounds, that Shahrukh Khan wants Raees to release on a holiday, and has decided to postpone Raees to January 26, 2017. Now the problem here again is that, Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil, would release on the same date, leading to another clash.
In an exclusive interview to Bollywoodlife, Shahrukh Khan was quoted as saying,
"I guess we (Raees) could shift. But I don't know the readiness of Sultan. They all are friends - Adi (Aditya Chopra), Salman (Khan), Ali (Abbas Zafar), I know them all. So, if mutually we all can figure out a date where one of us goes a week up or down, we might! Or we might not!" In fact, soon after this, he even confessed in a PTI interview saying, "I think logic will be to shift (release dates of both 'Raees' and 'Sultan'). We will try and figure out a way so that it doesn't eat into each other's business. It is awkward... it's like what are we doing. I don't think we like to have it (box office clash)."
An Industry expert was very delighted about the decision and was quoted as saying,
"It's a sensible decision. Everyone knows Salman reigns the BO on Eid as it has been happening for the last three years. Which is why, the makers (Dholakia and producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar) of Raees have decided to shift the release date of the film. While the film is complete, they don't want to take any chances with Salman Khan, who is a huge draw on Eid. In 2014, his Kick release had made over Rs300 crore while last year Bajrangi Bhaijaan crossed the Rs600 crore-mark worldwide."
It is reported that Shahrukh Khan, has had a word with the Roshans regarding January, 2017 release, but no official confirmation has been given out by the film-makers of Kaabil.
Shahrukh Khan, is now stuck in a dire straits, and the Baadshah of Bollywood, wants to release Raees on a holiday, but does not want to take on Salman Khan starrer Sultan on Eid.
SRK, wanted to release Raees in July, 2016 and clash alongside Varun Dhawan's Dishoom. However, since there is no long holiday in July, Shahrukh Khan changed his mind at the last moment.
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Shahrukh Khan, then decided to have an Independence Day release in August 2016, but Raees, would end up clashing with Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom and Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro. Akshay Kumar's Rustom, is a patriotic movie and the release on Independence Day would be a crowd puller for Akshay. Mohenjo Daro, showcases the beauty of ancient India, and the Independence Day release is at the perfect time, leaving no space for Raees.
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The other option of a holiday release is in October, 2016 for Diwali. However, Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgan's Shivaay, has booked the slot for a Diwali release. It is reported that someone close to Shahrukh Khan, has suggested requesting Karan Johar to release his movie to a further date. However, no official confirmation has been given out about the same.
The last option for a 2016 holiday release is for Christmas, and if Raees is released in December, it would end up clashing alongside Aamir Khan's Dangal.
We will have to wait and watch, as to what decision Shahrukh Khan and the film-makers of Raees would decide on the film's release date. Whatever it might be, Raees vs Sultan is the most exciting and a promising one.