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Akshay Kumar on clashing with Shah Rukh Khan: Box-office clashes are professional hazards, but they should not have personal implications

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Akshay Kumar and his team recently announced that Toilet: Ek Prem Katha would be releasing on August 11. While the same team had announced it would release Crack on the given day, they finally decided to go with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha because Crack was delayed. This meant Akshay set up a direct clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raula (tentative title, earlier called Rehnuma) over the Independence Day weekend. Though people all over social media have been talking about the clash, the respective teams of both the films have been quite. However, Akshay Kumar breaks his silence and opens up about it. And his answers make perfect sense..

Talking about the clash, Akshay revealed to Mumbai Mirror, “My film is coming on August 11 because it’s a big date and an opportune time. Besides, Independence Day, there is another holiday in the same week. Such long weekends can easily take two big releases. Ghayal and Dil clashed, as did Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Lagaan.” Well, we totally agree with this point. If you have good content-oriented movies and such a long weekend, then two films can easily survive and earn good amount of money

However, there is not denying the fact that a small portion of the collections are affected by a clash. And though Akshay agrees, he mentioned, “At least both of us are still assured of eating pie.” But it just the commercial that is affected by a clash. Sometimes personal relations are also affected by them. Recently we saw the Raees–Kaabil and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil–Shivaay clash turn ugly. However, Akshay feels that such clashes should not be taken so personally. As he revealed to the tabloid, “Box-office clashes are professional hazards and ideally they should not have any personal implications. In a situation where we have 200 movies to be accommodated in 52 weeks, clashes have become unavoidable. I’m aware that (we don’t live in an ideal world). But I’m not willing to draw blood or go to war over a movie.”

asked Apr 13 by Legend Khan The Movie Conqueror (732,451 points)

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