Raees backs off to make way for Sultan
In what could have been a clash of the titans at the box office, superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees has been pushed to 2017, avoiding a release with Salman Khan’s Sultan. The Rahul Dholakia-directed film, which was scheduled to release alongside Sultan this Eid, will now release on January 26, 2017.
“It was not an easy decision to move the film. We understand that Raees is highly anticipated. However, a film of such magnitude requires the appropriate showcasing and therefore, we have decided to shift our release date to 26th January, 2017,” the producers said in a statement.Raees tells the story of a bootlegger, in 1980s Gujarat.
Shah Rukh had earlier hinted that he would want to avoid the box-office clash with good friend Salman.
Sultan, where the Dangangg star plays a Haryanvi wrestler, will now enjoy a solo release this Eid, which has in the past seen Salman deliver many blockbusters like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Kick among others.
Interestingly, the Republic Day weekend of 2017 is already booked with Ajay Devgn starrer Baadshaho and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil.