Kaabil stars Hrithik as a visually-challenged man whose wife killed herself after being raped. His performance as the vengeful Rohan Bhatnagar has been praised by critics who have given the film itself a rather lukewarm reception. Kaabil, directed by Sanjay Gupta and produced by Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan, might have had the box office to itself had Shah Rukh Khan's film released when it was originally scheduled - last July.
The chain of date and time revisions that led up to the clash between the two films was quite as thrilling as a Bollywood script. It all started when Raees ceded its Eid slot in July last year, so that Salman Khan's Sultan could reign unchallenged. Diwali was already double booked with Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn's Shivaay, and Christmas was reserved for Aamir Khan's Dangal. And so the Republic Day weekend it was for Raees. Team Kaabil has implied that Raees was being deliberately belligerent, first by postponing itself to January 26 and then by advancing its date by a day when Kaabil announced that it would pen on January 25.
All along, Hrithik Roshan has responded with nothing but grace, tweeting SRK a heartwarming message on the day both films opened.
(With inputs from IANS)