Festival dates and national holidays are the most sought-after release dates for filmmakers. Sometimes, more than the content, they are bothered about whether or not they will get a festival release. That makes clashes inevitable. During Republic Day next year, there are four films which will contest for audience’s affection and they are Super 30, Manikarnika, Cheat India and Thackeray. Mumbai Mirror spoke to the makers of all the film except for Hrithik Roshan‘s film and none of them is ready to budge from their position.
Sanjay Raut, who produced Thackeray, told the daily, “I can’t stop other filmmakers from releasing their films on the same weekend, but no matter how many films come up against us, the country is waiting for Thackeray. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has played him extremely well and while people are aware that Balasaheb was a politician, cartoonist and an orator, we are showcasing his rise from a common man to a superman which makes for interesting viewing. We were the first to announce the release and I’m not going to shift the date come what may.” Thackeray is slated to release on January 23.
Without commenting on the gravity of the clash, Kamal Jain, the producer of Manikarnika, told the daily,” I don’t know about any clashes nor do I want to comment on them. January 25 is an apt date for us which is why we have zeroed in on it. I’m not worried about the competition.” As for Tanuj Garg, the co-producer of Cheat India, “Our title and theme organically lend themselves to the Republic Day weekend.”