Mumbai: When a superstar like Shah Rukh Khan has a film release after over a year’s gap, other films would understandably like to stay out of his way. This is exactly what’s going to happen in Diwali this year when SRK’s Happy New Year hits the theatres. As expected, no film, big or small, is daring to arrive anywhere in its vicinity.
“Diwali is on Thursday, October 23. But it’s yet to be seen whether Happy New Year releases on the day of Diwali itself or the next day, which is a Friday. But fact remains that it is going to be a solo release,” says a trade source.
That’s not all. No other film is slated to arrive for an entire fortnight after that. The next biggies Action Jackson and Ungli are slated for November 7 release. “For Shah Rukh, it is going to be an uninterrupted run since the only three big movies of October, Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang, Shahid Kapoor’s Haider and Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom are all arriving October 2 and Ayushmann Khurranna’s Hawaizaada follows a week later,” the source adds.
Adds another prominent insider, “SRK and Deepika Padukone will be seen together again after their mega blockbuster Chennai Express. This film is being designed as an event release and with a setting as huge as this, it is only beneficial for other films to stay away.”
Moreover, the film is slated to have the highest print count ever for an Indian film. This means there will hardly be any multiplex or reputed single-screen theatre left in the country that will have space for another film....