That Hrithik has finally broken his silence and issued a statement on the matter. He hopes to celebrate the success of both the films with his father, producer of Kaabil, Rakesh Roshan and the co-producers of Raees, Farhan Akhtar and Shah Rukh Khan, who is also the lead actor of the latter. However, Hrithik also added that the clash can cost the Hindi film industry as much as Rs 100 crore. He drew a parallel to Hollywood on how they manage their release calendar to avoid any huge clash of two films that belong to the same genre. “Although Hollywood and Bollywood share the same calendar, you will never see Batman movies clashing with Superman films or Lord Of The Rings clashing with Harry Potter,” said Hrithik. He explained how his father knows the industry inside out having worked here for over four and a half decades. As a result, he expressed his disappointment in the makers of Raees when they announced the release date of their film. To his credit, Khan had claimed that they had never announced the release date of Raees until the trailer launch so there was no question of an intentional clash with Kaabil, as reported.
Shah Rukh has shared a cordial working relationship with the Roshan family. He has shared screen space with Hrithik in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. He has been directed by Rakesh in three films – King Uncle, Karan Arjun and Koyla. Similarly, Farhan Akhtar is a school friend of Hrithik and has collaborated with him in Lakshya as a director and in his sister Zoya Akhtar’s films Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Now that the two sides are set to compete in good faith, their fans would also hope that they manage to make a mark in their respective spaces.