Producer Ritesh Sidhwani has confirmed that Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ will release during Eid 2016, even though Yash Raj Films’ has announced the same date for Salman Khan’s Sultan directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
“Speculation on #Raees release date! It all ends this Eid.. Chalo time for me to take a dip in the warm waters of #tenerife” Sidhwani tweeted.
The battle gets interesting because Shah Rukh Khan has NEVER lost a clash at the box office. The last time a SRK and Salman (with Akshay) film released together, Don vs Jaan-e-Mann, Don was the clear winner at the box office.
However, Salman wasn’t quite as big a megastar back in 2006 as he is now and was clearly going through a low phase for the most part of the 2000s. After the huge success of ‘Dabangg’, Salman has gone on to create history with each of his film releases. Apart from ‘Jai Ho’ all other films have been blockbusters i.e 6 blockbusters in 7 releases!
The fate of the big clash between ‘Raees’ and ‘Sultan’ will also depend on how their two films fare at the box office. If Salman’s ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ doesn’t work, YRF might back out and the same applies for ‘Dilwale’ too.