The now much delayed Raees, was pushed ahead several times from its original release date last year to avert clashes and for other reasons. And now the Shah Rukh Khan starrer, in a much debated move, is all set to clash with the Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil, on Jan 26, 2017. While the Roshans have been very upset about the same, as they had announced their release date first, this move will be damaging for the businesses of both Raees and Kaabil at the box office. However, while Shah Rukh Khan and team are battling the Raees situation, they have gone ahead this time against yet another biggie for their next film.
Just last night, Shah Rukh Khan was enthralled when he received the support of co-superstar Salman Khan who announced the release date of SRK’s film with Imtiaz Ali. The film that also stars Anushka Sharma in the lead is slated to release on August 11, 2017. However, soon we realized that this film has fuelled up yet another box office clash and this time it is with none other than Akshay Kumar. Soon after the release of Rustom, readers may be aware, that Neeraj Pandey announced his next collaboration with Akshay Kumar Crack which is scheduled as an Independence Day release.
With the past experience being fairly recent, it is unlikely that Akshay Kumar was make any such compromises this time. Besides, the star is currently in the best phase of his career with all his films being back to back hits at the box-office. It is also his new found creative partnership with the talented Neeraj Pandey which is the talk of the town. Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey have given some commercially and critically acclaimed films like Special 26, Baby and the recent (Neeraj’s production) Rustom. Also, after the success of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Neeraj has become a bankable name in Bollywood. So when Akshay and Neeraj announced their next collaboration Crack, there were fireworks as expected. There’s already huge anticipation for the film within the industry and the fans.
In a nutshell, despite his huge superstardom, there is extreme pressure on Shah Rukh Khan to deliver at the box-office with his contemporaries moving ahead in the race. Besides, due to limited number of holidays, most of his upcoming release and going in for head on clashes with pre-announced films but other superstars. Though it can’t be denied that he will be ruffling a few feathers in this process, Shah Rukh Khan will have to battle and deliver by against some of the biggest Bollywood superstars with each of his upcoming releases next year.
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