Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil are all set to clash on the box office on January 26, 2017 and no amount of diplomacy from SRK’s side can avert it. The superstar had earlier shifted his film from Eid this year to avoid a clash with Salman Khan’s Sultan.
On July 18 night, Shah Rukh visited Hrithik’s house to meet his father, producer Rakesh Roshan, to discuss the clash and somehow resolve it. He tweeted about the meeting without mentioning Kaabil and Raees. “Met friend/mentor/family after many a days.Mr. R.Roshan reminded me…it’s not important to do 2 much, it’s important to get 1 right. Thx sir,” he wrote.
Many interpreted the thanks to mean Rakesh and Hrithik had decided to shift Kaabil’s release and all was well between Hrithik and SRK. However, the very next day, Rakesh told Bombay Times that his film was releasing on Republic Day and he has no plans to shift the date.
Kaabil’s director Sanjay Gupta took to Twitter to announce, “My film will release on Republic Day weekend as planned. – Mr. Rakesh Roshan in Bombay Times today.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>"My film will release on Republic Day weekend as planned." – Mr. Rakesh Roshan in Bombay Times today.</p>— Sanjay Gupta (@_SanjayGupta) <a href=”https://twitter.com/_SanjayGupta/status/755615131938283520″>July 20, 2016</a></blockquote>
Earlier, while interacting with the media during Eid, SRK said, “We have spoken to Hrithik and also Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar (producers of Raees). That was a month ago, but I guess now we can do some adjustments. Rakeshji (Kaabil producer Rakesh Roshan) and Ritesh and Farhan will be meeting again. We are trying to figure things out, so we don’t have a clash.”
Further explaining the reason, the actor said, “I think a big film should release in 3,500-4,000 theatres. When two big films release, we don’t get the magnitude of theatrical release we want. Till the time we don’t have 8,000-10,000 theatres, no two big films can come. Raees is nearly ready, we are only left to shoot that last shot.”
Hrithik too was quizzed about the same at the Mohenjo Daro press conference, where he said, “SRK and I are actors and this should be left to the producers to discuss.”
It seems with nobody ready to budge, Shah Rukh and Hrithik are setting up for the biggest clash of 2017.