June 26, 2012 11:21 IST
Rajnikanth may be the boss of all, but looks like the superstar is not willing to clash with Bollywood biggies like Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn at the box office.
According to reports, Rajinikanth's first release in two years and also his comeback project post his illness Kochadaiyaan, will now be delayed to avoid a showdown with Ajay's magnum opus Son Of Sardar and Shah Rukh Khan's Yah Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum. All the films were earlier slated to have a Diwali release this year.
Theatres all over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the South were already being booked in bulk for the film. However, the delay that was kept under wraps to avoid disappointing the superstar's fans is now out in the open.
A source said, "Rajini sir's South market is totally secure. In fact, when Kamal Haasan heard of Rajini ji's Diwali plans, he postponed the release date of his Hindi-Tamil-Telugu tri-lingual film. But then the news of Ajay Devgn-starrer being released during Diwali surfaced. Though, it in no way affects Rajini ji's Southern and overseas market, the Hindi version is bound to get affected."
Another source said, "Incidentally, Yash Chopra had already announced that he would be releasing his film during Diwali. Initially, Rajjnikanth's team was ready and willing to take on Ajay's film even in the Hindi belt. But now with Sonakshi Sinha's soaring popularity after Rowdy Rathore, it was felt that a Diwali release was just not practical."