Akshay Kumar’s Mission Mangal and John Abraham’s Batla House are all set to lock the horns on this Independence Day. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Netflix’s Sacred Games 2 are also other options launching on the same day. There are many things for the audience to choose from, and each one of them has a different set of people to reach.
Even before sharing the elaborated views on the clash, John joked about it saying, “Make some noise for the desi boys! What else can I say?” But, this time he has a lot of things to say about clashing with his buddy Akshay Kumar for the second time in two consecutive years. Last year, his Satyameva Jayate and Akshay’s Gold faced a clash on a similar holiday.
In an interview with Times Of India, John Abraham says, “If you notice the trajectory of any big actor, they have always released their films on a holiday. Why should I not do the same? Films always get more footfalls when they are released on special occasions like festivals, as families step out together. If there’s a bigger film opposite mine, so be it. Maybe, I will have the bigger film one day. I want to release ‘Batla House‘ because I have confidence in my content and I hope that the content of every other film releasing along with mine — now or later — is fantastic, too.”
He also reveals why he thinks 20 steps ahead before choosing any release date, “It’s important for me to release my films on dates which I think are good for me. I released ‘Satyameva Jayate‘ on Independence Day last year, and it got a good opening. So, I will try to do it again, and why not? It’s not about ego. I have thought 20 steps ahead before releasing a film on a certain date. Unlike popular belief, my favourite sport is chess and not motorcycling or football. Playing that game has enabled me to think much ahead. I am obsessed with it and I even read books on it. I am not saying that I am the most intelligent guy. I am prone to mistakes, too. But for a guy who has failed more often than not, I am not worried about failures. At the most, I will fail again. I calculate the probability of both success and failure.”