Barely a month ago, Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again were set to face-off during Eid. Satyagraha was slated for release on August 23rd and Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Cafe was set to arrive on August 30th.
In an effort to avoid a clash, Shahrukh Khan met Jeetendra and the two mutually decided to shift OUATIMA ahead. Balaji Motion Pictures officially announced that the film would release on Independence Day. They also, quite surprisingly, changed the title of the film to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara.
Soon after the announcement, there were murmurs in the industry that Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha would be postponed to August 30 and the rumours turned out to be true. This meant that the film would now clash with Madras Cafe, John Abraham’s second home-production after Vicky Donor.
John was left with 2 options – stick to his earlier announced date or release his film on August 23rd. Postponing the film was never an option as more than 8 medium to big budget releases are scheduled for theatrical release in September and October. He chose to avoid the clash, as Satyagraha is a star-studded film, and instead prepone his film by a week.
Below is a confirmed list of major Bollywood movie releases in August 2013.
- Thursday 8th August 2013 – Chennai Express (7 open days)
- Thursday 15th August 2013 – Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again (8 open days)
- Friday 23rd August 2013 – Madras Cafe
- Friday 30th August 2013 – Satyagraha