With the news of Salman Khan’s SULTAN clashing with Shah Rukh Khan’s RAEES in Eid 2016, it seems Ajay Devgan’s prediction in 2014 was bang on! In an interaction with the media for ACTION JACKSON, Ajay had said that in a year or so, two big films will release during festivals.
When he was asked if the monopoly of Khans booking festivals dates is good for the industry, Ajay’s reply was, “The monopoly is not fair and it will break. It’s just not right that you decide and say that you have booked a particular date. JAB TAB HAI JAAN and SON OF SARDAR released on the same (festival) date and both did very well despite SON OF SARDAR not having that many theatres. But now even that won’t happen because the distributors have balanced it out. So if the movies release fairly, only the good ones will work.”“If everybody is booked, it does not matter. The situation now is that everybody wants to release their films during festivals because the business in festivals is really good. So by next year or next to next year, two films will release during festivals. Nobody will be able to book during festivals,” said Ajay.
Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn has himself announced (and kind of blocked, if we may say) the release of SHIVAAY in Diwali 2016 and SON OF SARDAR 2 in Diwali 2017.