The probable box-office clash between Salman Khan’s Radhe and Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb has been making headlines for many months now. Salman, for the last many years, has been releasing his high-budget ventures on Eid. And therefore, it set tongues wagging when Akshay announced his film for Eid.
Salman and the Eid holiday are considered synonyms of each other in the film industry. Despite that, the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor refuses to agree that Eid is his date. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror when he was asked if the lucrative release slot belonged to him, he said, “No, it’s not, it’s nobody’s date, anyone is welcome to release a film on the day. It’s just that my films happen to come on Eid. Actually, my last film, Bharat, released during Ramadan, three days before Eid. And now, Dabangg 3 is arriving on Christmas. I’ve had releases during Diwali and Republic Day too. Any festive day is a good day.”
On being asked about the clash between Radhe and Laxmmi Bomb, Salman told the tabloid, “Yes, and there is scope for another two-three films to come on that day. Then, the audience decides which film to spend on. Agar picture achchi lagi, they will watch it. If they don’t, toh nahin dekhenge, festive date ho ya koi bhi date ho.”
For those not in the know, Akshay’s Sooryavanshi was initially set to come on Eid 2020. However, the makers decided to vacate the slot for Salman’s InshaAllah. But following the shelving of InshaAllah, when the release window was open yet again, Khiladi Kumar decided to use it for Laxmmi Bomb. The twist in the tale came when Salman announced Radhe for release on the same day, Eid 2020.
The box-office battle between Salman and Akshay is being seen as the clash of the titans by industry insiders.