Rakesh said that the decision was taken keeping the Republic Day weekend in mind and that director Sanjay Gupta is also in favour of the release strategy. "There have been instances in the past of movies being released mid-week especially if there is a big National holiday following it. My director Sanjay Gupta and I are in agreement on this. After hearing what our distributors have to say, we thought it makes perfect sense go with a January 25 release," Rakesh said in a statement. As per reports, talks had been going on between Kaabil's producer Rakesh Roshan and Excel Entertainment, which co-produces Raees.
Shah Rukh's Raees is slated to open to theatres on January 26, and so was Hrithik's Kaabil till recent developments. Earlier in November, in an interview with NDTV, Hrithik was asked about the now-avoided clash. "It's not the ideal situation but it's happening now and all we can do is communicate with each other and do the best we can," said Hrithik.
"Shah Rukh and I understand each other. Let's see what happens then," Hrithik added.
Shah Rukh co-starred with Hrithik in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and will feature as a liquor baron in Rahul Dholakia's Raees.
Kaabil stars Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in roles of characters, who are visually impaired.
Watch the trailer of Kaabil:
Raees tracks the story of Shah Rukh Khan's character Raees Alam's journey from a Gujarati bootlegger to a politician. Raees also stars Pakistani actress Mahira Khan.
Watch the teaser of Raees: