Who will blink first?


Entertainment, Bollywood

With four big films slated for release on the same day, it remains to be seen who concedes.

Hrithik Roshan's look in 'Super 30'.

It’s going to be a messy Republic Day for Bollywood moviemakers in 2019. Though we’re still a good six months away, there are already four films slated for release on the same day.

Kangana Ranaut has pitted her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi opposite rumoured ex-flame Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30. And now we hear that two other films are releasing that same week — Sanjay Raut’s Bal Thackeray biopic, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to be released on January 23, the birth anniversary of the late right-wing leader, and Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India is also looking at the same release date.

“This is a perennial problem. There are many big films coming out next year and everyone wants the best dates — holidays and extended weekends. Thackeray is going to be big in Maharashtra and the Nizam circuits because of the Shiv Sena connect. And it will have a two-day head start as it is scheduled to release on Wednesday. Someone will have to push their release date to avoid carnage at the box office,” a trade source says.

We’re waiting to see who will be the first to concede.

— Sanskriti Media