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Shah Rukh Khan on Raees, Sultan Clash: Logical to Avoid It

"Adi (Aditya Chopra) is my family and so is Farhan Akhtar (producer of Shah Rukh's Raees). With all due respect I will speak to Adi and Salman (about avoiding the clash). I have spoken to Farhan already. If we have to change, one of us will move on," Shah Rukh said

  | April 10, 2016 17:23 IST (Mumbai)
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Shah Rukh Khan in a still from Raees.

Highlights

  • Raees and Salman's Sultan are scheduled to release on Eid this year.
  • Shah Rukh Khan said that it is 'awkward.'
  • Shah Rukh Khan plays a liquor baron in Rahul Dholakia's Raees.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan's Raees and Salman Khan's Sultan are scheduled to release on Eid this year. However, Shah Rukh feels that it would be logical to shift the release dates so that both the films do not eat into each other's business.
"I think it would be logical to shift (release dates of both Raees and Sultan). We will try and figure out a way so that it doesn't eat into each other's business. It is awkward. It's like what are we doing. I don't think we would like to have it (box office clash)," Shah Rukh told PTI.
The 50-year-old star said he will talk to his friend Aditya Chopra, who is the producer of Sultan, and Salman regarding the box office clash of both the films.
"Adi (Aditya Chopra) is my family and so is Farhan Akhtar (producer of Shah Rukh's Raees). With all due respect I will speak to Adi and Salman (about avoiding the clash). I have spoken to Farhan already. If we have to change, one of us will move on," Shah Rukh said.
"If they are adamant or fixated that somehow due to some sense of righteousness, that Eid belongs to Salman Khan, then so be it," said Shah Rukh.
Shah Rukh said that he and his producers have no ego issues about the release dates of both the films.
"Personally Farhan, Adi and I are friends and I don't think we have ego issues. We all know that if there is an opening number assumed in terms of business we will share it 50-50 or whichever ratio. I am not saying X is a bigger star or Y," said Shah Rukh.
But at the same time, Shah Rukh insisted that they are working towards making Raees ready for Eid.
"As of now, we are making the film ready for Eid. Our production is ready for Eid," he said.
Shah Rukh's last film Dilwale released along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Bajirao Mastani - starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.
"In case of Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani, both lost money due to the clash. One doesn't want it," Shah Rukh said, adding, "It has never been a fight of arrogance when it comes to the release of a film. I feel every film should get its due."
Rahul Dholakia's Raees is set in Gujarat. Shah Rukh, who plays a liquor baron in the film, said that Raees is a realistic and honest film.
"I wanted to do an intense criminal role with a golden heart. I loved the idea very much and said yes in 20 minutes. I think it will be an interesting film. We have been able to make it in the real zone, and still give it a twist for the masses by having songs and action," he said.
"Raees transcends the journey of a man, who may not be the best person to make a movie about. He is a bad guy you might like. I am, in a way, playing a bad guy after a long time. This film is more realistic and gritty while Don was stylised and sexy. On the sets, some people did not talk to me as I looked mean. It will turn out well," added Shah Rukh. (Also Read: Raees Done. What Shah Rukh Khan Will Miss From the Sets)
Actress Sunny Leone will be seen dancing with Shah Rukh in a new version of the Laila O Laila from Qurbaani. The original track featured Feroz Khan and Zeenat Amaan.
"We wanted to do the song in the first schedule. But we did not get the time. We did a new song, an original one. It is not an item song. It is a film set in the 80s. So, it's a bar number and it is related to the story. We always wanted to do the song with Sunny. We thought that the Laila song is apt for her," said Shah Rukh.

 
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