By now it is well known that Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ and Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’ are set to clash next year during the Republic Day weekend. While Hritikh’s father Rakesh Roshan, the producer of ‘Kaabil’ has had meetings with SRK and Ritesh Sidhwani (producer of ‘Raees’), nothing positive seems to have come out of the meetings and both the parties have stuck to their stand of releasing their films on the lucrative Republic Day weekend.
Now, as per a popular daily, SRK’s best friend and filmmaker Karan Johar had a great hand in getting best deals for the distribution of Raees. A source revealed, “Karan’s production company had not just presented ‘Bahubali’, but even bought the Hindi rights for the film. When SRK, Riteish and Farhan locked Anil Thadani as the distributor for ‘Raees’ , Karan told Shah Rukh how to get the best deal from single-screen owners. Anil owns the distribution rights of ‘Bahubali 2’ and ‘Mirzya’ so he made the single-theatre owners sign a three-film deal that he would give them these films only if they gave him maximum screens for ‘Raees’ too. Now for exhibitors, ‘Bahubali 2′ is one of the hottest releases of 2017 so they had no choice but to agree.”
Due to this,Kaabil will suffer as it will not be having the same no of screens as its competitor. The source further added, “The film will suffer badly if it doesn’t have any single-screen theatres in Mumbai. Ironically, in Hrithik’s ‘Mohenjo Daro’ vs Akshay Kumar’s ‘Rustom’ clash, Hritikh had the upper hand as UTV had ensured maximum single-screen theatres during that time.” ‘
But inspite of having more screens, ‘Mohenjo Daro’ could not beat the opening or lifetime collections of ‘Rustom’ and ended up being termed a box-office ‘disaster’.