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

12/09/2016

MUMBAI, Dec. 9: 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.”

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?”(TIE)

Related News

One door policy to collect entry fee in Patan museum and durbar square

Lalitpur, Sept 14: An agreement has been reached between Patan Durbar Square and Museum to implement the one door policy to collect the entry fee for the visitors.  The agreement will come into force from September 17.  Before the agreement, the museum office used to collect the entry fee for…

Ajay Devgn is flying high with Kajol

Hiren Kotwani| TNN | Sep 24 : Living on a chartered plane could well be Ajay Devgn's adaptation of John Denver's song, 'Leaving On A Jet Plane'. Blame it on the actor-filmmaker's choc-a-bloc schedule for the promotions of his upcoming Diwali release, 'Shivaay'. Ajay, who departed from Mumbai on Tuesday night with wife Kajol, had an…

Deepika Padukone is fearless in xXx sequel

MUMBAI, Oct. 6 : Deepika Padukone, who is gearing up for the release of her debut international film xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, has described her character as “reckless, fearless and relentless.” Deepika shared a 15-second-long video on her Instagram page and described her character thus. The Bajirao Mastani-star captioned the…

When Bipasha Basu made headlines

MUMBAI, Oct. 8: No, wait! The reason is not what your naughty minds are thinking about. We all know that both Bipasha Basu and her hubby Karan Singh Grover are head-over-heels in love with each other. They had one of the most enviable weddings ever and still continue to be…

Interesting statements made by Bollywood celebs

MUMBAI, Oct. 9: Actress turned radio host Neha Dhupia, is making all the right noise with her special lineup of Bollywood’s biggest stars gracing her show for a #NoFilter chat. Recently, actress Sonam Kapoor made her presence felt by coming up with witty and naughty replies for a rapid question-answer…

Cute as kids, superstars as adults

MUMBAI, Oct. 12: Amitabh Bachchan is the biggest superstar of Bollywood at present who has made age seem nothing but just a number. The ‘Shahenshah’, who sleeps little and has the devotion of a newcomer towards his profession, has uncountable films and trophies to his credit and hasn’t left any…

Video

Find Us on Facebook

From Social

Tokyo (Japan), Sept. 13: A new leadership assumed responsibilities at the Non Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA), Japan on Sunday. The new office bearers took oath of office and secrecy after a long fought battle resulting from dissatisfaction from those who…

Lama led officials assume responsibility in NRNA Japan