In the glitzy realm of Bollywood, clashes at the box office are as common as stars in the night sky. Recently, the highly anticipated face-off between Akshay Kumar’s OMG 2 and Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2 had cinephiles buzzing with excitement. As the year draws to a close, another colossal clash is on the horizon, pitting Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki against Salaar, starring Prabhas and Shruti Haasan. Amidst this clash of titans, an old video featuring filmmaker Rakesh Roshan discussing films vying for the same number of screens during a box office showdown has resurfaced, igniting a fresh wave of discussion.
Rakesh Roshan wasn't happy for getting less screen in Kaabil vs Raees clash
Rakesh Roshan's Discontent: Kaabil vs. Raees
The video in question captures a momentous period when Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil locked horns with SRK’s Raees. Senior Roshan, visibly disheartened, voiced his disappointment at not receiving an equal share of screens for the Rahul Dholakia directorial. He articulated his stance during an interview with NDTV as follows:
“Be fair. If you're giving them 50, give us 50 too. Why are you giving them 60? Why am I getting 40? What mistake have I made? I've dedicated 50 years to this industry. I've made 16 films, all of which were superhits, with 5 being blockbusters. Through me, God has nurtured so many households, and now, at this age and stage, you're kicking me in the stomach. It's very disheartening.”
Rakesh Roshan further emphasized his plea for fairness, stating:
“All I'm asking for is fairness. What had to happen with this film has happened. For the future, to avoid clashes, stand up and say, 'no matter which big films are releasing, we'll go 50-50.' You'll see, there won't be two big releases in two years. Because this is favoritism, and people readily agree to it. They succumb to some unknown pressure.”
The Ripple Effect
Following the resurgence of this video, the online community weighed in on the clash between Shah Rukh Khan’s Dunki and Prabhas’ Salaar. Opinions were diverse, with one user commenting:
“Salaar and Dunki have the potential to be the biggest hits in their languages so clashing makes no sense even if Raees and Kaabil, Bajirao and Dilwale, Gadar and OMG2 etc clashed.”
Another viewer expressed preference for Kaabil, citing it as a taut thriller with a standout performance from Hrithik as a blind protagonist.
Rakesh Roshan’s poignant stand against what he perceived as favoritism in screen allocation raises pertinent questions about fairness and equality in Bollywood. It echoes the sentiments of many stalwarts who believe that a level playing field should be the norm, not the exception.