The film industry has been working in full force once again post-lockdown scenario and box-office is gearing up to witness two of the biggest releases this year which are already lined up for a launch on October 13. According to the recent reports, much-hyped RRR and Maidaan will be seen clashing at the box-office and it seems producer Boney Kapoor is unhappy with Baahubali-famed SS Rajamouli.
RRR stars Ram Charan, Jr. NTR, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn and rumours are the film is riding a budget of over Rs 450 crore, is slated to releases in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam languages.
While Amit Sharma directorial Maidaan is a biopic of legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim starring Ajay Devgn which is slated to release in Hindi, Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam languages.
During a recent interview with IANS, Boney seemed unsatisfied about the clash of the two films and explained how he announced the release of 'Maidaan' prior to ‘RRR’s’ release date which was decided on January 26. He said, "When the call of the film industry should be to stand by each other, because of the rough time that we are going through due to Covid-19, a date clash of two big multi-lingual films, is the last thing that we could expect. I announced my release date of 'Maidaan' much much earlier and the release date of 'RRR' is decided yesterday."
Boney added, “Wasn't it ethical thing to have a talk with me for the makers (of RRR) before the announcement they made?"
He also spoke about the difficulties exhibitors would go through on opening day and the importance of giving space to optimise the numbers in a possible way.
"Exhibitors will suffer, as the audience will get divided on opening (day). We have to give space to each other so that we can optimise the numbers in a possible way. From outside, it only shows that there is no brotherhood existing among each other," said Maidaan producer Boney Kapoor in his interview with IANS.
Kapoor went on to claim that he called Rajamouli regarding the clash of the two films and opened up about his conversation with the director. "I did call him and he explained to me that deciding the release date was in the hand of the producer. I am a producer and I know that when we take a call, we discuss with the director, lead actor and other team members first,” said the Mr. India producer.
However, considering Kapoor’s statements, it seems he is in no mood to reschedule Maidaan.
"I have all the reason to hold my ground because we announced our date first," Kapoor declared. It has been said that Kapoor announced the release date of Maidaan six months ago.