EXCLUSIVE It’s unethical. Had met Shah Rukh Khan twice, explained why we shouldn’t clash: Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan is furious with the makers of Shah Rukh Khan's Raees for not listening to him and releasing their film on the same day as Kaabil. Shah Rukh Khan, however, has justified the decision.

Written by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: December 8, 2016 12:34:43 pm
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No one likes a clash especially if it’s between two big ticket films. Rakesh Roshan who announced the dates of Kaabil prior to anyone else now has to contend with Raees releasing on the same date. In fact, the makers of the SRK starrer film even preponed their release date to January 25 (a date announced by Rakesh in advance yet again) thereby making it a head-to-head clash. The veteran filmmaker, who has directed SRK in his heydeys, tried his best to make the superstar and the team of Raees understand why the two big ticket films clashing on the same day is not a good business proposition but in vain. Shah Rukh Khan, however, justified the decision to bring the release date forward.

Speaking his heart out for the first time, Rakesh, in an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com said, “This February I planned the release of Kaabil. My film was getting over in August. I had October, November and December to release the film. But when I saw all the films which were releasing on these dates, I said I will not want to clash and so I looked into January then. In January, we had a clean slate. So we announced the film in January. Now all of a sudden in the last month or so, I also learnt that they were also planning to come on the same date. So I met SRK and explained it to him that there is a well and we both are jumping into it. Because there is a box-office limitation of not crossing Rs 300 crore, either you will be at Rs 170 crore and I at Rs 130 crore or vice versa. I also told him Hrithik is not your contemporary. Your contemporaries are Salman Khan and Aamir Khan who have already crossed Rs 300 crore. So it is better that we don’t clash and you choose some other date. He understood and then he again announced it to clash with our film. I met him again and tried to tell him but again and again when I met him, I got the impression that they were thinking that I am scared and that is why I am telling all these things. On the contrary, I was as a businessman trying to tell them that two big films should not come together.”

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Explaining why he can’t shift Kaabil, Rakesh said, “I can’t shift because I have a superstition. I had shifted one film of mine – King Uncle – by four weeks because of my daughter’s wedding and it didn’t do well. After that when Kaho Na Pyaar hai was being released, January 7 was Aamir Khan’s film Mela, 14th was my film and 21st was SRK’s Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani. All distributors told me to shift because you can’t come in between Aamir Khan and SRK. But because of my superstition, I didn’t shift. Two or three distributors also left my film. And it was my good luck that my film did really well. So once I announce the date, I don’t shift. I explained to them properly. And they are youngsters. I love them. I know SRK and his family well, Ritesh and Farhan well. So I tried to explain it to them.”

The veteran filmmaker is evidently anguished at SRK and the young makers of Raees not heeding to his advice. “You can guide and tell a blind person that there is a well and he will change his route. But if your eyes are open and you are seeing and still jumping in the well, I can’t do anything about it. And it is not just affecting us. As a filmmaker from the last 50 years in this industry, you have to see the growth of the industry. This is not affecting just us. The clash will affect all the working crew members, the exhibitors, distributors and it will also affect the audience because they will be divided. So you are not clashing with me. You are clashing with the whole world. So how do we go then?”

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Calling this clash unethical, Rakesh said, “It is unethical (to clash). I could have come with Befikre. I could have come with Dangal. But I didn’t do that because that is not ethical. So I went to January but if they don’t understand the business part, I have no idea what they are thinking right now. Maybe they must have seen something intelligent which I am not able to see. I can’t say anything else because I am clean. I am all clean. God is with me. Let’s see what happens. I have mentally decided now that this is going to be a film business and nothing more than that. And even for SRK, I know how much the business will be. So if his film is better, it will do Rs 170 or 180 crore and I will do Rs 120 or 130 crore or vice versa. But in no way, we will cross Rs 300 crore.”

Clarifying that he had not requested but only tried explaining the business module to SRK so that both parties stay in profit, Rakesh said, “I didn’t request. I am just trying to explain the business aspect but if they are not understanding what else can I do? You can only tell a child that this is right and this wrong. You can’t go beyond that.”

Shah Rukh Khan on Raees’ clash with Kaabil

Meanwhile, at the trailer launch of Raees, Shah Rukh Khan said on the clash with Hrithik’s Kaabil, “We had decided with our exhibitors and distributors a long time back, when we got to know that about the clash on January 26, that we will release the film a day before. I think Hrithik’s flick releases in evening shows while ‘Raees’ comes out with regular shows.”

He also justified the film’s release on January 25 being announced now when Kaabil has already brought forward its release date, “It is a logical decision as it is a holiday next day and we can have the advantage of people coming and watching the film.”

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