Shah Rukh Khan moves Raees release date to 25 January; clash with Kaabil now inevitable

Shah Rukh Khan's Raees was expected to release on 26 January initially. However, the newly released trailer announces the release date as 25 January, 2017.

FP Staff December 07, 2016 16:17:40 IST
Shah Rukh Khan moves Raees release date to 25 January; clash with Kaabil now inevitable

Releasing on 25 January, 2017: The much-awaited trailer of Rahul Dholakia's gangster flick Raees declared on Wednesday. While it was expected to get be in theatres on 26 January, the makers have now officially announced that it will release a day before Republic Day — leading to a head-on clash with Sanjay Gupta's Kaabil.

Shah Rukh Khan moves Raees release date to 25 January clash with Kaabil now inevitable

Shah Rukh Khan in and as 'Raees'

Last week, the makers of Kaabil announced that they will release the revenge drama a day prior to Republic Day in order to avoid a clash with Raees. However, their efforts seemed to have been in vain now that Excel Entertainment and Red Chillies Entertainment have decided to release the long-awaited Shah Rukh Khan film Raees on the same date.

The producer of Kaabil, Rakesh Roshan, had probably assumed that he had everything sorted after rescheduling the release of his son Hrithik Roshan's film. However, after the new release date of Raees was announced, Roshan seemed livid.

DNA quotes him as saying, "Whatever dates we are taking, they are following us. I would have never done the same. I belong to an old school of filmmaking and I have given 50 years of my life to the industry. I would never release my film on a day when another filmmaker has already announced their film. I decided to remove Krrish 4 also from Christmas 2018 because I saw Shah Rukh Khan's film is coming that day. I could have easily released my film with Befikre or even with Dangal if I had to clash. But when I announced the film in February (2016), I saw a clean window in January (2017) and hence I picked the date. I can't get into this new groove of things because I don't understand it."

Now that the box office clash is inevitable, it remains to be seen which of these films go on to gain the upper hand come Republic Day weekend.

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