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.”