Kaabil vs Raees: Hrithik Roshan says industry will suffer 100 cr loss


Hrithik Roshan has finally opened up on the impending clash between his film ‘Kaabil’ and Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’. The box-office clash of the two biggies has been the talk of the town lately. While the actor’s father, produced Rakesh Roshan had expressed his displeasure over the decision of the ‘Raees’ makers, Hrithik had maintained a stoic silence on the topic so far.

Now, the Greek-god of Bollywood has spoken up on the matter and was optimistic that both films will do well. "Hopefully, both films will do well, but on the whole, it will be a loss of about (Rs) 100 crores for the industry as compared to both films releasing individually. My father understands that and he was sad about that, and he thinks that it could have been managed in a better way," Hrithik said.

He went on to add, "We completely understand that 'Raees' was in the waiting for far too long. My wish is that when both films do well, Shah Rukh, Farhan (Akhtar, 'Raees' producer), dad, myself and everyone will pop champagne and celebrate for each other."

Hrithik, however, was unhappy that a clash between two big films should happen, and cited that such things are usually avoided in the West. "It's not illegal or unethical, so it's fine. But it is sad and quite an eye-opener that although Hollywood and Bollywood share the same calendar, you will never see Batman movies clashing with Superman films or 'Lord of The Rings' clashing with 'Harry Potter'. They manage their calendars so well that two movies will never clash. They are aware that that is best for the industry, because when two films clash, the returns for the industry fall a lot."

Earlier, both ‘Kaabil’ and ‘Raees’ were scheduled to release on Republic Day on January 26. Then producer Rakesh Roshan decided to release the Sanjay Gupta directorial a day ahead, on the evening of January 25, so as to avoid the clash. However, it didn’t help as ‘Raees’ makers too announced to release the crime thriller on January 25, that too starting from morning shows.