Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero is all set to release in the cinemas on the 21st of December, 2018. Fans are already excited as the trailer has received a stupendous response across the nation with a record-breaking 100 million views on YouTube so far. And given Khan is essaying the role of a vertically challenged character, even his naysayers may enjoy what is being touted as his most demanding role yet. But the question is- How long will the film enjoy its theatrical run, given there’s another biggie waiting to explode the cash registers?
We are talking about Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, which opens up a week later, on December 28. The film is produced by Karan Johar and also stars Sara Ali Khan. Both the films are expected to end 2018 on a BANG! But again we come back to the same question- Which one will turn out to be BIGGER? A lot also depends on the screen count they are allotted across the country. A source says SRK has signed a two-week contract with all the single-screen owners throughout India to ensure the film enjoys a healthy second-week.
The source also said, “There have been multiple discussions between Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar, however, the two could not reach to an impeccable solution. As Rohit Shetty was on Shah Rukh Khan’s side during Chennai Express, he knows Khan’s clout in the distribution circuit and doesn’t want to be at receiving end this time around.” Hushed whispers also state Shetty had this to say about the competition between the films, “We should go ahead with a clash if team Zero resorts to tactics like signing contracts.”
The source concluded by saying, “Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar sat down and mutually decided on the release date of Zero and Simmba. Back then, it was decided that Zero would get a one-week free run and then retain screens in the second week based on merits. However, the 2-week deal has come as a shocker to Shetty and team Simmba. They are working on multiple possibilities now, which includes clubbing the film with 2.0 since Karan Johar is the common link. Both Shah Rukh and Karan Johar are known to be shrewd businessmen, and it would basically be survival of the fittest.”
Let’s see who attracts a bigger draw at the box-office this December!
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