No ‘Welcome Back’ for Christmas, P.K to get a solo release

Anees BazmeeThe big clash between Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back and Aamir Khan – Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K has been averted. The reason is pretty obvious – no film would want to clash with a film as big as P.K.

“I am in no hurry. I have no ambition to create a dhamaka (blast) for Christmas. Any Friday will work as long as another big film is not lined up for the same day,”

“My producer Feroz Nadiadwala wants us to stick to our December 19 release date. But I see no point in a box office tussle. I’m going to convince him to opt for another release window”

“I’ve my own audience. But why get into an unnecessary tussle at the box office? It is bound to damage one or the other film. I’d rather wait for another opportune Friday.”

“Rajkumar Hirani is a very fine writer and director. On top of that, he is back with his ‘3 Idiots’ leading man Aamir Khan. So there’s bound to be fireworks at the box office. Why take the risk of getting burnt?” he said.

The new release date hasn’t been announced yet, but there are reports that Welcome Back might release in January. With rumours doing the rounds that Haider too is likely to be postponed to a later date, it most certainly looks like not many in the industry would dare release their film on the same date as the ‘Big 5’.

And it simply doesn’t matter if the comparatively smaller film announced their release date first – It happened with Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara last year. This year, two films scheduled to arrive during Christmas, Welcome Back and Bombay Velvet, has decided to let go of the Christmas weekend and make way for Aamir Khan!



  • PK has to be a very well made film to break D3’s record…

    Otherwise if it does’nt clicks with the audience it wil fall badly…and may struggle to reach 120crs also..

  • and aamir gets lucky again. really wanted to see how his movie would fare against competition. I don’t think P.K would have the same appeal as 3 Idiots or Dhoom 3 though I am sure it will be great movie but I don’t expect certain segments of the masses and kids to enjoy it as much. Welcome should release 2 weeks before P.K.

  • Welcome back now will be a compete washout. Clashing with pk would have been better as it would get the limelight and collect decent just like sos benefited clashing with jthj

  • PK won’t have an earth shattering opening like D3…

    PK first day :18-20crs if music is gud and good enough buzz is created

  • Wooooo……for the first timr ever someone mentioned OUATIMD as a smaller film comparing to CE…..

  • oh now that it’s averted otherwise i was wondering will it go the same way as Taare jamin par and Welcome.

  • coward Bazmee.
    i just wanted a clash coz iam sure P.K will fail and Raju’s idea making a movie about religion will suffer like Spain football team tonight

  • Honestly, I am not surprised…I knew this would happen. You don’t clash your film with the “MEGA-MOVIE” which is supposed to collect 300 crs and make the Bollywood history..At last a good decision

  • P.k has to be like 3i if it is like 3i then it will definetly cross 200cr. Otherwise it will be dhobighat2 if content is not grt.

  • This is the power of Aamir. There are two legends in bollywood who everywhere is afraid of clashing:
    Aamir and Salman

  • Welcome Back you can clash with HNY. It would not hurt your collections much. Srk is not big star.Remember JTHJ vs SOS?
    There are 3 films fighting for top grosser of 2014:
    Kick, PK and Bang Bang.

  • Aamir khan ki aukat nahi hai,clash k saath hit dena ki….If he had clashed his film P.K with Welcome back,then make that film hit I will admit him a superstar….He should get a life…

  • Okay, nothing against hirani or aamir but it was anurag kashyap the first person who had booked the christmas (25th dec) date for bombay velvet a year ago before anyone else did, then welcome back locked the 19th dec date long ago. But then PK came, first it snatched away the 25th dec date from bombay velvet and poor anurag ha to prepone his movie. again PK preponed to 19th dec and now poor anees bazmee has to change the date just to satisfy aamir a solo release. whats this ?? dadagiri of khans?? are eid,diwali,christmas their own property ?? don’t every actor and producer have equal rights over the holiday dates ? bombay velvet and welcome back booked the date first, they deserve it. aamir wasn’t sure of coming on another date except christmas as he considers it lucky, thats why he went from post ipl date to christmas date. good luck to hirani for the movie please seriously ,this was simply unfair and biased.

  • So it is confirmed.Noone has guts to clash with Salman and Aamir. Top films of 2014:
    3.Bang Bang
    4.Bombay Velvet

  • both films are crap before mth and soty.
    John abrahm and amir khan stand nowhere
    infront of sid-varun.

  • @king Noone has guts to clash with Aamir so what will he do. He is the most respected and ATBB actor. Srk is a small actor so noone is afraid to clash with him.

  • Its a perfect time for new comers to join Bollywood. Big stars already near to 50.Emraan & Shahid r unlucky bcoz of their bad time entry to bollywood.But they r still young. So they have to become Super star.

  • pk will be very risky film if it click then 300 crore club will be created but if not then 150 crore will be difficult.

  • The Rise of “Serial Kisser”
    How rarely does this phenomenon occur where a
    23 yr old working as an assistant director for a
    film, becomes the male lead of the sequel and
    the re sequel of that film? Yes, we are talking
    about Emraan Hashmi who assisted Vikram Bhatt
    during Raaz and later became a poster boy of
    the Bhatt camp for a decade now.
    Though Emraan debuted in Footpath, he came to
    the limelight with Anurag Basu’s Murder where
    he played a role that was oozed with confidence
    when it came to the steamy scenes. Emraan as a
    womanizer on screen shocked the nation by
    showing no qualms in doing sex scenes in
    Murder. The 13 kisses in the film were a record
    that time, and also started the trend of bold
    movies in Bollywood. Making out on a terrace in
    that black silky blanket was like an unofficial
    advertisement of what Emraan’s further movies
    would be
    Murder was followed with Tumsa Nahin Dekha
    where he teamed up again with Anurag Basu.
    The first trailer of this film had Emraan bowled
    by Diya Mirza at a busstop and immediately
    giving a lip-lock. And that gained him the title
    ‘Serial Kisser’ . The movie however bombed at the
    box office.
    Zeher was Emraan’s fourth movie and the birth
    of a genius director from the Bhatt camp, Mohit
    Suri. Emraan played a cop and was paired with
    Shamita Shetty and Udita Goswami. The illicit
    affair aspect was present in Zeher too where
    Emraan is in a secret relationship with Udita.
    The songs of Zeher especially ‘Woh Lamhe’ , and
    ‘Agar Tum Mil Jaao’ are extremely popular chart
    busters. A new beginning of unstoppable hit
    music numbers of Emraan took off. The next
    movie of our serial kisser was Aashiq Banaaye
    Aapne, where the raunchiness climbed up the
    ramp even more. The title song became the
    hottest number of the year visually, and
    musically too which made Himesh Reshamiyya
    the topmost composer for few years that
    followed. Performance-wise Emraan had nothing
    new to offer since the Murder days.
    His other release in the same year was
    Chocolate which went unnoticed and his routine
    performance seemed weaker as he was acting
    alongside talents like Irrfan Khan and Anil
    Kapoor. The next film was Kalyug, where he
    played a supporting role of a punk with a heart
    of gold. Kalyug was Emraan’s second film with
    Mohit Suri. With an interesting role and
    relatively better performance, he climbed
    another step in becoming a good actor.
    Just after he made his presence felt in Kalyug,
    Emraan came with up with two forgettable
    movies which again put him in the womanizer
    zone and offered nothing more than a bunch of
    smooches. Jawaani Deewani and Aksar damaged
    whatever the little amount of hope he created
    from Kalyug.
    In 2006, Gangster came as a blessing to him
    where he portrays a cop in disguise. He utilized
    the opportunity well to show the sleek switch
    from the lover to the scheming cop towards the
    climax. The next significant movie where we
    could see a groomed actor in him was in
    Awarapan , again directed by Mohit Suri. The
    problem however was he intermittently did some
    terrible movies like Good Boy Bad Boy and Killer
    which focused only on banking upon his serial
    killer image, which obviously failed at the box-
    office. Not surprisingly, the ones which had
    substantial characterization like in Jannat
    worked well.
    A milestone in his career which put a stop to
    the inconsistency of how his movies fared at box
    office was Once Upon A Time In Mumbai . It was
    a very important event of his career, as he
    passed the acid test. The acid test was
    performing in par with Ajay Devgan, and he came
    out in flying colors. His performance as Shoaib
    was loved and triggered some wonderful roles in
    the subsequent years. Though his ease and
    expertise in enacting bold bedroom scenes was
    continued to be used, it was given a lower
    priority than the characterization. His role as
    Abraham in Dirty Picture was well-written and
    performed flawlessly. He created a space for
    himself in the movie when the movie comprised
    gems like Vidya Balan and Naseeruddin Shah. In
    Murder 2 also, he was impressive as the
    suspended cop trying to unveil the mystery
    murder 2
    In the 2012 and 2013 releases, he delivered
    some amazing performances in three completely
    contrasting roles. In Ek Thi Daayan which came
    from the Vishal Bhardwaj camp, he played a
    magician Bobo , who is suspicious of women with
    a long plait as Daayans . In the caper comedy
    Ghanchakkar, he worked with the very talented
    Raj Kumar Gupta. His displayed some
    commendable histrionics as Sanjay, who loses
    his memory after a bank robbery. In Dibakar
    Banerjee’s Shanghai, Emraan gave his career-
    best performance as Joginder in a completely
    deglamourized but a wonderful role.
    The story of Emraan’s rise is a great illustration
    of persistence and hard-work. Emraan has come
    a long way from an almost B-grade hero to a
    bankable actor of Bollywood! The other factors
    which contributed to his success are: Music and
    Mohit Suri. Emraan is the only actor who could
    get numerous best-of-the-best music tracks in
    the last ten years. There is at least one number
    from each of his movies that top the charts
    whenever they release. Mohit Suri has been
    phenomenal in giving Emraan roles that would
    bring out a better actor out of him. From Zeher
    to Kalyug to Awarapan to Raaz2 to Crook to
    Murder 2, he has been the fuel. Their 7th
    venture together is Hamaari Adhuri Kahaani
    which also stars great talents like Vidya Balan
    and Raj Kumar Rao.

  • Nt amir,but it’s shitty srkfans’ srk who is afraid of clash and behaves as a beggar in front of jeetu ji.

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