November 21, 2011 04:30:36 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
Ajay Devgn may be priding himself to be the SON OF SARDAR while Saif Ali-Khan is all set to run the RACE all over again. However when it comes to box office battle, none of the two are in 'race' of any kind. Though both were earlier said to be dead serious about coming on Diwali next year, Ajay as well as Saif feel that it is futile to add on to the mayhem. Hence they have instead planned to arrive a fortnight later.
"When SON OF SARDAR and RACE 2 were announced, it was being said that these films would be releasing on Diwali 2012. After all Ajay has a great track record on the festive occasion with GOLMAAL 3, GOLMAAL RETURNS and ALL THE BEST being huge successes. On the other hand RACE 2 is also one of the hottest films of next year and would have been gladdened the audience had it made it to the festive occasion," says a source.
While many around them suggested that they don't budge from their stand, Ajay and Saif had other plans. After all, Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar have already made their intentions clear for their Diwali plans and since they were first to lock the date, neither Ajay nor Saif wanted any to get into a conflict.
"Being senior actors in the fraternity, Ajay as well as Saif didn't want any bad blood. They have been in the industry for a couple of decades and understand that a crowded week doesn't help anyone. This is the reason why they decided to pick another date for themselves and opted for 30th November," continues our source.
This leaves the ground open for Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar who would be arriving with Yash Chopra's yet untitled film and KHILADI 786 - MADE IN PUNJAB respectively.
"Yes, as of now it all boils down to Shahrukh and Akshay. If at all the clash indeed takes place, it would be after six years as the last time they locked horns, it was with DON - THE CHASE BEGINS AGAIN and JAAN-E-MANN," the source adds.