Shah Rukh Khan to take on Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan at box office
For a long time now, makers of Shah Rukh Khan's 'Raees' have been looking for an apt release date. After deciding against a clash with Salman Khan's 'Sultan' this Eid, speculation was rife that the film will move to Diwali and release alongside Ajay Devgn's 'Shivaay'. Now, in a joint statement, the producers of 'Raees' — Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani — and SRK have revealed that the film will release on January 26, 2017.
Shah Rukh Khan in 'Raees'
"It was not an easy decision to move the film. We understand that 'Raees' is highly anticipated. However, a film of such magnitude requires the appropriate showcasing and therefore, we have decided to shift our release date to 26th January 2017," the statement read.
With this, the SRK-starrer will now clash with Hrithik Roshan's 'Kaabil' and Ajay Devgn's 'Baadshaho'. Says a source, "The announcement of Raees' release date is a huge relief for other filmmakers as they can now schedule their films accordingly (Read the full story). But, to avoid a clash with Salman's film, the project will now have to take on two big films.
However, there is no clarity if the other two films intend to stick to January 26, 2017 to enter theatres. Who knows, they might consider moving their release dates now." The source adds, "The makers will also get enough time to market the film well and also work on the other aspects."