Salman’s sports drama Sultan and Shah Rukh Khan’s dark thriller Raees were set to lock horns at the box-office this Eid, but this was averted as the release of Raees was pushed to next year after Shah Rukh suffered some injuries.
“When two films release at the same time, we don’t get the big theatrical release we want. Budget of the film suffers if the movie is not releasing on 4,000 screens. One needs to have 8,000 to 10,000 theaters for two movies to release at the same time. I don’t think two big films can released at the same time. Secondly, I suffered some injuries and there are body shot portions I still need to shoot. But otherwise the film is ready,” he said.
The movie is slated to hit the theater on January 26, but unfortunately on that particular day, Raees will collide with Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil, which kicked off recently.
“We have discussed with Hrithik for ‘Kaabil‘, because the movie has just started shooting. So hopefully we will come out on January 26 or 27, 2017,” he added.
Raees is directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under their banners Red Chillies Entertainment and Excel Entertainment.
It also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan.