It appears Raees vs Kaabil clash in January 2017 was just a trailer and picture abhi baaki hai mere dost. On Independence Day weekend, Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma-starrer will go head-to-head with Akshay’s next, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Both the films will release on August 11. SRK’s film that is being directed by Imtiaz Ali is yet to get a title. The Independence Day weekend was earlier booked for Crack, Akshay’s next with Neeraj Pandey. However, as the film was besieged by production delays, SRK’s film could have got a solo release. But Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s new release date changes that; it was earlier scheduled to hit theatres on June 2, 2017. This is the third time that Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar’s films will clash at the box office. As Toilet Ek Prem Katha goes against Imtiaz Ali’s next, here’s how SRK and Akshay clashes have played out till now.
Unlike Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan has had no luck with getting a solo release date for his film. While Aamir and Salman’s films get a solo release during the festival, Shah Rukh hasn’t been so lucky. That, of course, speaks of box office clout that each of this Khans possesses at present. We saw this in the last few years with Kaabil-Raees, JabTak Hai Jaan-Son of Sardaar and Dilwale-Bajirao Mastani clashes. Now, Shah Rukh Khan’s untitled film will have to face Akshay Kumar’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Both films will release on August 11 this year.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the news, “It’s SRK versus Akshay Kumar on 11 Aug 2017 now… Imtiaz Ali’s SRK-Anushka starrer [not titled yet] versus #ToiletEkPremKatha.” Last year, Raees-Kaabil clash led to cold war between Rakesh Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan. Rakesh Roshan had expressed his dismay over the clash.
It’s SRK versus Akshay Kumar on 11 Aug 2017 now… Imtiaz Ali’s SRK-Anushka starrer [not titled yet] versus #ToiletEkPremKatha.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 28, 2017
This is not the first time though that Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar will have a box office clash. The two superstars’ films had clashed at the box office in past also. Here’s a look at their past box office clashes.
Veer Zaara-Aitraaz (2004): Veer Zaara starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji clashed with Abbas Mustan-directed Aitraaz starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Priyanka Chopra on Diwali. While Veer Zaara collected Rs 19 crore, Aitraaz managed to rake in Rs 7 crore.
Don -Jaan-E-Mann(2006): Shah Rukh Khan’s Don clashed with Akshay Kumar’s Jaan-E-Mann co-starring Preity Zinta. Don collected Rs 24 crore and Jaan-E-Mann managed to collect Rs 12 crore.
The box office figures have been sourced from Bollywood Hungama.