It now appears that Shah Rukh Khan's home production, OM SHANTI OM, and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's SAAWARIYA, may not come on the same day after all. Both the big-budgeted movies were being planned for release in the auspicious, and more importantly, bountiful Diwali week. But that seems to be changing now and there may not be the expected fireworks between the Shah Rukh Khan starrer, OM SHANTI OM, and SAAWARIYA, the launch vehicle of Rishi Kapoor's son, Ranbir Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor's daughter, Sonam.
Reportedly, Sanjay Leela Bhansali met his DEVDAS star, Shah Rukh Khan, to discuss the release strategy of his prestigious film, which is being co-produced by Sony. Since the budget of SAAWARIYA is very high, estimated to be in the region of 40 crore plus, and also because it would introduce two promising newcomers amidst a lot of fanfare, Bhansali is said to have asked Shah Rukh Khan if he could consider not releasing his OM SHANTI OM on the same day as SAAWARIYA. Since Bhansali has already decided on the Diwali day (November 9) release, he said, he would be obliged if the superstar came either before or after that date.
Although the week beginning November 9 is one of the best weeks of 2007 for releasing a film, King Khan is believed to have assured his DEVDAS director that he would consider not getting his OM SHANTI OM on the same day, so that the launch pad of the two newcomers would get an open week. It is a different matter that one or two other films might take advantage of the postponement of OM SHANTI OM, that is, if it happens, and come on 9th November, but those films hopefully would not be as formidable oppositions to SAAWARIYA as OM SHANTI OM.
The director of OM SHANTI OM, Farah Khan, admitted that Bhansali did visit Shah Rukh Khan on the sets of her film when he (Bhansali) was shooting in the same studio as her. "I cannot comment on the exact release date of our film," she said, adding, "Shah Rukh will have to decide on it. He is in London currently and will take a call once he is back from his London holiday. But I can say one thing - we are looking at a release between Eid and Diwali." That means, some time between October 14/15 and November 9.