The box office clash between Salman Khan‘s Sultan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees was much talked about. However Shahrukh Khan and his team issued a joint statement announcing that their film’s release date has been postponed to January 2017.

A lot was said about this decision. Some say that Raees was struggling to get screens and others have a thought that Shahrukh Khan was injured during the shooting.

But Salman Khan has now revealed the real reason behind Shah Rukh’s decision. The actor in an interview to DNA said, “I think they weren’t ready with Raees, that’s why they pushed the film. They needed a little more time to get their product ready.”

Further talking about the clash, Salman said, “A major problem is that India is still 25,000-30,000 screens behind to be able to encourage a clash of this stature. We don’t have that many theatres and screens. Maybe with time, it will open up. Humare paas abhi kuch 5,000 screens hai – that also gets divided with regional films. So, we don’t have that bandwidth to accommodate two big films. Panvel ke bahar chale jao, theatres hi nahi milenge. So, such big films can never come together.”

Salman explained further, “It’s not me or Shah Rukh, our distributors would want as many prints of both the films. The ratio of theatres divided would have been 30-70, 40-60, 50-50. It will be different in different places, so business will get divided. Till the time we don’t have the 20,000-plus theatres, the film industry isn’t going to grow. But right now, even two small films cannot clash because of that. The lack of screens has a huge impact on every film in the industry. Even the younger heroes would need screens. Tomorrow, Tiger Shroff’s films will come in the same number of screens as us because everyone would like to see him. He’s a mass hero now.”

Via DNA

33 COMMENTS

  1. The whole world knows the actual reason behind raeesa bhabi’s postponement. Yeh toh Bhai ka badhappan hain!!!

    • Tu avi bachha hai tere se avi salman khan film ki prediction nahi ho payenga. Tumhe bas ranbir film ki prediction Karne ki ukad hai.

  2. SRK muqabala krne se nahi ghabratey SRK or Salman Khan ka jb bhi muqabala hua SRK ne Salman Khan ki films ko haraya Salman Khan ne ab tamam baat clear kr di hae so ab Salman Khan ka koi bhi Fan SRK ko yeh nahi kahega ke wo clash se darr gya

  3. Jo Acting SRK ne Swades Movie mein Or Chak De India Movie mein Paheli Movie mein My Name Is Khan Movie mein Fan Movie mein Kabhi Haan Kkabhi Naa movie mein ki aisi acting Salman Khan ne apne purrey 25 saala career mein nahi ki Salman Khan ne apne Purrey 25 saala career mein sirf do kaam kiye hai ek shirt utaar dena dusra Actress ke sath affairs chalana

    • Atleast Salman do not do any kind of CHUMMA-CHAATI (eg- jthj, Maya memsaab etc) scene unlike your queen..!

  4. MUHAMMAD FAISAL KYA BAAT KAHI HAI YAAR SRK KI PURANI FILM AAJ BHI LOG DEKHTE HAIN SALMAN KI FILM KO KOI NAHI DEKHTA AUR DEKHTA BHI HAI TO DUSRE KI WAJAH SE JAISE SAJAN SANJU BABA KI WJAH SE JEET SUNNY KI WAJAH SE HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN MADHURI KI WJAH SE BAGHWAN BIG B KI WJAH SE ,KUCHH KUCHH HOTA HAI SRK KI WJAH SE ABHI HI SALMAN KI JITNI FILM HIT HUI HAI 5 SAAL BAAD BB KE ALAWA KOI MOVIE KISI KO PSAND NAHI AAYEGI.FAISAL I LIKE YOUR COMMENT

    • Can’t believe you people are still watching & enjoying CHUMMA-CHAATI of Maya Memsaab…LOL.

      So according to your logic Mohhabatein, Kkkg, kank etc were successful due to Amitji, Dil toh pagal hai & devdas were successful due to Madhuri, HNY, OSO, CE etc are successful because of Deepika. Happy to see you loongiwalas accepting the truth… LOL.

      • TIGER MOUNTBATTEN SRK AUR BIG B DONO KE NAAM SE JANA JATTA HAI KISI NEUTRAL PERSON SE SWAL KARLE O BAGHWAN,SAAJAN,JEET ,KKHH MAIN SALMAN KE ROLE KO DUSRE HERO SE KAMJOR HI KAHENGE BUT NOT ABOUT SRK IN ANY FILM.BB MAIN NWAZ BHARI PAD GYA 2ND HALF MAIN AUR KICK MAIN BHI

    • Mukesh as isaid ealier you are bigget moron in his world talking for srk as a good last 8 yr ek bi movie higher grosser nahi hui achi movies hi highergroseer aati hai srk time is over long time ago

      More comments on as srk is good will prive you more bigger c

  5. Abe Faisal or mukesh dono lagta h SRK ke sabse bade chamche ho,,rahi baat acting ki to yadi SRK itni achi acting karta h to uski filme flop kyu ho rhi h, agar pichle 6 saal me se FAN ko nikal diyajaye to usne bhi CE, HNY,RAONE ,DON2,DILWALE jaisi ghatiya filme ki h samjhe..ab tum dono phir koi excuse doge

    • Pehle tune bola fan acchi movie nhi hai aur ab bol rha hai loll…
      Use your brain..sorry WO to hai hi nhi tumhare pass….awwww

  6. Aur rahi baat SRK ki to me koi SRK ka dushman nhi hu. Mujhe bhi SRK ki chaahat,darr,duplicate,yes boss,baadshah bhaut pasand h.

  7. @ tiger, u claims to be biggest fan of salman khan.when he is telling that raees was not ready for eid release then why u not want to accept it.it means u won’t believe him.so never claim that u are a true fan of salman khan.aur dusri bat, agar salman me badappan hai toh apne’ rape victim’ ke statement par maafi kyo nahi mang rahe hain ?

    • Prashant,
      Read the article again he said…“I think they weren’t ready with Raees, that’s why they pushed the film. They needed a little more time to get their product ready.”

      He didn’t say that he is sure about it.

      BTW, tum loongiwalo ne kabse Bhai ke baaton mein yakin karne lage?

    • Prashant why u r showing that u r biggest c here you also know raees announce earlier and u can checkevery where raaes shooting wrap first and they publish promo t shirt also for eid and now making excuses that raees is not ready

      Aur kitna apni hansi udvsoge tum srk useless fans

  8. Mukesh and faisal aap dono sayad tv nhi dekhte h.
    Kynki aapko yaad dila do ki tv par weakend par sirf salman ki hi movie aati h .srk movie aapko dekhne ko nhi melegi.
    kyuki salman ki movie family movie hoti h.sabhi saath me mil ke dekh sakte h

  9. Dean Ambrose Ap ne kaha ke SRK ne 5 saalo mein koi achi film mein kaam nahi kia ap shayed Jab Tak hai jaan movie ko bhul gaye ho us film mein SRK ne kaamal ki acting ki Amitabh Bachan Sir ne bhi us film ki tareef ki Amitabh Bachan Sir ne kaha Swades Movie ke Baad SRK ne Jab Tak Hai Jaan movie achi acting ki Don 2 bhi buri film nahi thi Critics ki taraf se Don 2 ko favourable Reviews mile Rahi Baat Chennai Express ki tou wo Movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo se Bohat behtar thi Chennai Express mein SRK ne Tamil Industry ko bhi tribute kia SRK hr type ki Movie krtey hai America ka president jb India aya usne bhi SRK ki movie ka dialogue bola Salman Khan bhi acha actor hai mein bhi unka dushman nahi Mujhe tou Aamir Khan bhi pasand Hai Mujhe Ajay Devgan bhi pasand Hai Mujhe tumhe SRK nahi pasand tou is mein mera kya kasoor hai Koi bhi baat krne se pehle Critics ke Reviews parh liya karo

    • Mohamed srk na 10 saal main koi achi acting nahi ki people are bored with him completely only some of useless fan like u r saying that he is good actor

      Srk time is overm

      Dont ruin your image with supporting him as a good actor

  10. I think Salman needs a reality check. Agreed that more screens will help a clash – but c 25,000 more?

    Need to remember that most films flop and many screen aren’t even half full. Exhibitors tend to lose money cos the content isn’t there. When a big film releases and the hype is there then the film runs to packed houses for the first weekend. I haven’t heard a film since Gaddar that all showings were 100% and it became difficult for the public to purchase tickets – those days are well over.

    The only way that that the hindi film industry can grow (and hence need for more screens) is:
    1. reduce piracy
    2. make the films more universally appealing such it can be dubbed in other languages. The reason that Robot and Bahubali worked was because it has universal themes and limited cultural barriers (same with Hollywood movies especially the comic book genre). The Hindi market only consist of 400 million people, with more than 50% below the poverty line. An improving India economy is also another factor.
    3. most importantly, improve the content of our films. Sadly the content of most films is way below the mark. Why would a normal person spend 500 rs that doesn’t satisfy a persons entertainment needs. Even a dark film like Udta Punjab can be very entertaining as long as the film promises to deliver what has been advertised to the public.

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