With one of the biggest clashes of the year between “Sultan” and “Raees” averted, it seems more Bollywood films are trying to avoid the situations of more than one movie releasing on the same day.
Ever since news broke that “Raees” and “Sultan” will release during Eid this year, all eyes were set on the “clash of the titans”, as neither of the parties seemed to back off and were consistent in their stand to have a clash.
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “Raees”, however, was pushed to January 26, 2017, avoiding a release with the Salman Khan-starrer.
The makers of “Raees” cited “appropriate showcasing” of a film of “such magnitude” for the push, but the move comes right after SRK’s last release “Dilwale” underperformed at the box office as it clashed with “Bajirao Mastani” last year.
The “Raees”-“Sultan” clash is not the only movie-event which was averted. Sunny Deol’s “Ghayal Once Again” was initially scheduled to release with Salman’s “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” last year.
The action-drama was, however, pushed to January 15, 2016. In a surprising turn of events, the film’s release was yet again pushed to February 5.
While January 15, 2016 had only one film “Chalk N Duster” playing, release of “Ghayal Once Again” on the same day would have meant coming one week after Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Wazir” and a week before Akshay Kumar’s “Airlift”.