Said Sanjay Gupta, who recently opened up about the inevitable clash between Kaabil and Raees
A big blast in the form of Kaabil and Raees is about to happen at the box office on January 26, 2017 since both the production houses have decided to release the film on the same day.
After a series of meeting between Shah Rukh Khan and the Roshans, seems like they haven’t reached on a neutral ground for the release of their film. Adamant on releasing their film on a public holiday, the film makers will see each other face to face and only the box office numbers will tell the story.
While Rakesh Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan are mum over the date issue, KAABIL director Sanjay Gupta spoke about the clash recently. When ask what he makes of this clash at the box office, Sanjay says, “It hasn’t happened yet. I wouldn’t say I am in denial but I think the clash could still be averted.
In all fairness, Rakeshji did announce the release date first. And 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 they will come on the same day as us or not but I definitely think they shouldn’t. If someone else had announced a film before him, there is no way in hell that Rakeshji would bring his film out on the same date. That is the respect we need to accord one another.”
Both the films have heavy weight actors. While RAEES is one of the most awaited SRK films, KAABIL will see Hrithik playing a blind man avenging his wife’s death. How will the clash affect the business? An anguished Sanjay said, “Hrithik is 10 years younger than Shah Rukh.
So I don’t see this as competition. Shah Rukh’s competition is Salman (Khan) and Aamir (Khan). If both these films come out on the Republic Day weekend of 2017, the business of both films will suffer. Both won’t do more than a 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, same goes for Aamir. 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. Forget about this clash being detrimental to us, it is also going to be bad for them.”