Raees vs Kaabil: SRK says decision to preponed was taken long ago

Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited film ‘Raees’ will hit screen on January 25, a day ahead of earlier scheduled date of January 26. It was announced at the trailer launch of the film yesterday. While the new development has got ‘Kaabil’ producer Rakesh Roshan fuming, Shah Rukh has claimed that they had taken the decision long back, but wanted to announce it through the trailer.

Last week, ‘Kaabil’ makers announced to release the film on the evening of January 25 with the first show to be screened at 6 pm. ‘Raees’ followed suit and preponed its release to January 25 from the morning shows itself. A furious Rakesh Roshan then called the decision of ‘Raees’ to come out on the same day as unethical.

But Shah Rukh maintained that their decision to preponed was taken long back. “We had discussed this a long time ago with our exhibitors and distributors. We will be opening in the regular shows and ‘Kaabil’ will open in the evening shows. This is a logical decision because the 26th is a holiday.  We thought it would be better to let people know about the release date through our trailer," the actor, who is also the co-producer of 'Raees', said at the trailer launch.

He justified it saying there was dearth of theatres in the country and hence, a clash between two or more films is inevitable. “I may be wrong with numbers. I have heard that in England there is one theatre for ten thousand people and in America there are ten theatres for one thousand people. India has a shortage of theatres. There should be more theatres in small towns and cities. We are trying to have a new chain and more theatres. In America and London, you don't hear of clash as there are more theatres."

The big clash of 2017 between the Hrithik Roshan starrer and Shah Rukh’s have been in news ever since the latter pulled out ‘Raees’ of the Eid slot to avoid a clash with Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’. The makers of ‘Raees’ gave up Diwali, Dusshera and Christmas slots and opted for Republic Day release of the movie. ‘Kaabil’ had already announced its release date by then. Although, the ‘Dilwale’ actor met senior Roshan in July to discuss about averting the clash, nothing worked out.