'Sultan' and 'Raees' box-office clash averted?

Jul 28, 2015, 08:42 IST | Gaurav Dubey

Apparently, Salman Khan is in talks with 'Sultan' makers to release the film on Diwali 2016 and avert a clash with Shah Rukh Khan's 'Raees'

Much has been made of Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan coming face-to-face at the box office on Eid 2016, but our sources tell us that the clash has finally been averted. The two superstars apparently had a little chat over a common release date for their upcoming films with Salman deciding to give up on the Eid slot for his friend-turned-foe-turned-friend SRK.

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Shah Rukh Khan in the Raees poster
Shah Rukh Khan in the 'Raees' poster 

A source says, "Shah Rukh and Salman have become good friends again and they believe that there's no competition between them. They respect each other's work and have worked out a solution to avoid a clash. Shah Rukh has retained Eid 2016 for 'Raees' while Salman will convince the makers of 'Sultan' to shift the release to Diwali 2016."

A source working on 'Sultan' confirms the development, saying: "The both have a massive fan following and do not want the audience to be divided. So, Salman has now decided to come on Diwali."

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

At a recent media interaction, when SRK had been asked about the possible clash, he said: "We have now become friends, so we will do everything together. For you all it is clash, but not for us. We both are going to do well then. There might be a business clash but there will be equal profit for us."

The last time the two superstars clashed at the box-office was in 2006, on the occasion of Diwali. Then Salman's 'Jaan-e-Mann' had failed to impress the audience while Shah Rukh's 'Don' was a hit. A Yash Raj spokesperson denies the buzz, saying: "'Sultan' will release on Eid 2016. The shooting begins in November 2015 and wraps up in March 2016. There are no plans to shift the release date."

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