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Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar break silence on avoiding Independence Day clash
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Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar break silence on avoiding Independence Day clash

Bollywood mega stars are known to mark their movie status with back to back clashes on auspicious dates and festivities.

Shah Rukh Khan, who was a part of 2017’s biggest clash with his gangster drama Raees, which released along with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil on Republic Day weekend, was now deciding for yet another clash.

His film, Jab Harry Met Sejal, was all set to clash with Akshay Kumar’s Toilet – Ek Prem Katha this August, on the Independence Day weekend. The media and trade were all set for round 2 of ugly spats related to the clash. But thankfully, better sense prevailed. Shah Rukh Khan changed the release date of Jab Harry Met Sejal a week earlier; it is now all set to release on August 4.

Till now, Akshay Kumar had refrained from talking about the tentative clash between the two films. But the superstar has now opened up on this topic. He admitted that it makes sense not to clash with another big film. But, he also added that clashes at times are inevitable since there are 180 films trying to release in a year that apparently has just 52 weeks. He implied that the makers should try their best to avoid clashes as much as possible.

Shah Rukh Khan meanwhile also gave similar views like Akshay. He explained that he has no qualms in changing release dates of films to avoid clashes. Initially, Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar was scheduled to release on August 4. But it was pushed ahead to Diwali. Once that happened, SRK decided to change the release date of Jab Harry Met Sejal.

After a spate of ugly clashes, it is great to see two biggies mutually trying to avoid them. We hope this continues for a long time in Bollywood.

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