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Shah Rukh and Karan Johar are pretty much on target to take their friendship forward. While it is yet to be seen if other than co-producing the film with his buddy Karan, would Shah Rukh be featuring in his directorial outing Student Of The Year as well. However when it comes to the festive season in and around Diwali, Shah Rukh and Karan have indeed planned their films well and would pretty much be dominating at the box office.
“Currently, the only film which is confirmed for Diwali is Ra.One“, informs a trade source, “The festival falls on Wednesday, 26th October and this is the day when Shah Rukh unleashes his sci-fi superhero film. Since he has announced the release date so much in advance, no other film is daring to release on the same day.”
This translates into the fact that things would only turn worse for many other producers waiting to find the right slot for their films to release since Karan Johar has already booked the Dussehra slot, hence ensuring that the celebratory season is restricted to him and close friend Shah Rukh.
“Dussehra falls on 6th October and Karan brings his Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer (tentatively titled Short Term Shaadi) a day later i.e. 7th October”, continues the source, “It is crystal clear that he wants to dominate the beginning of the festive season with Shah Rukh coming in three weeks later. This works for Karan too since his film would have enjoyed a long open run during this duration.”
With Shah Rukh and Karan extending their personal rapport in the Bollywood release schedule as well, one suspects if any other major film would now look at sneaking in.
“This looks unlikely since pre-Diwali weeks are anyways considered to be counter-productive for new Bollywood releases as families are expected to be busy with household work and other celebrations”, the source reasons, “Since Short Term Shaadi releases on Dussehra, it has an added advantage. It gets a clean run for itself and also ensures that there is zero competition preceding Ra.One.”
While the makers of Ra.One have already finalised 26th October as the D-day, Karan also confirmed that he is bringing his film on 7th October. One wonders though what Kareena would be feeling about the promotional grill ahead as she is the leading lady of both these biggies which are literally arriving back to back.