Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has said he has no ego issues in requesting people to adjust dates to avoid box office clashes. His film, Jab Harry Met Sejal, recently decided to release a week before Akshay Kumar’s ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ – a social film that now gets a solo release during the Independence Day weekend.
Talking to a national daily, the actor said “I have had a few of those over the last decade and yet, I have gone and requested people to adjust whenever possible. It’s understandable that it’s not possible a lot of times. When it’s a big film on a big holiday, people want to use it to their advantage”
“If the film is good, it will run longer. Most of the films that Red Chillies (Entertainment) releases are big ticket. We are confident about filling up 4,000 screens. In case of a clash, the capacity reduces. Of course, it’s always nice if two films get their own breathing space.”
Shah Rukh also said he is “great enough” to be humble.
“I don’t have any ego (when it comes to clashes). I am great enough to be humble..”
“If we didn’t have this option (August 4), we’d have to release the film on a regular weekend, or not have it out for long. There are no free holiday weekends in the vicinity for as far as we could spot. In such a situation, a clash would be inevitable. At the end of the day, you are working with colleagues who will invariably have some issues and differences. But your primary duty is towards your film. You must look after your baby first” he said.
The iconic star has been involved in some of the biggest clashes the industry has seen when his films like Mohabbatein (Mission Kashmir), Veer Zaara (Aitraaz), Om Shanti Om (Saawariya), Don (Jaan-e-Mann), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Son Of Sardaar), Dilwale (Bajirao Mastani), Raees (Kaabil) have locked horns at the ticket window.
To his credit and his long-sustaining stardom, Shah Rukh films have more often than not come out on top.