|The box office was awaiting the clash of Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again on August 8, the Eid weekend. Par yeh ho na saka, all thanks to Jeetendra who shares a very special bond with Shahrukh Khan.
The decision of Ekta Kapoor rescheduling her Akshay Kumar-starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again for August 15 release has taken the industry by big surprise. But apparently it’s Ekta’s father Jeetendra who showed the way to avert the clash and postpone OUATIMA by a week. The decision will help Shahrukh Khan to come up with his Chennai Express on Eid, without any fear of box office clash with another biggie.
Excited and glad with the development, Shahrukh Khan even mentioned Jeetendra in his official statement and said, “Keeping in mind that both weekends are good times for film releases, Jeetendra sir being the senior-most showed the path. He took the decision to move OUATIM-Dobara to August 15. This is extremely graceful of him. UTV, Rohit Shetty and I are very happy with the decision made and we thank Jeetu sir and Balaji for the same.”
Shahrukh Khan is a self-confessed Jeetendra fan, and is also quite close to Ekta Kapoor. Jeetendra’s wife Shobha Kapoor is also fond of SRK. In fact, whenever Ekta needs Shahrukh’s help, the star readily agrees. Last year, at Ekta and Shobha’s behest he reportedly even performed at an award function organized by Balaji.
Ekta Kapoor, too, stated in a press statement that her father and Shahrukh had a discussion over the release of Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again, and they have sorted out what is best for both the films.
According to the insiders, Shahrukh Khan and Jeetendra’s warm relationship was the reason the clash could be averted, and an agreeable solution was reached.
The producers of Chennai Express, UTV Motion Pictures, apparently have even sent a thank-you note to Balaji for changing OUATIMA release date.
Directed by Rohit Shetty, Chennai Express is Shahrukh Khan’s first release of 2013. Naturally, the superstar has high hopes pinned to the masala entertainer that also stars Deepika Padukone.