There is no bigger star than Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray in Maharashtra and it would not be surprising if a producer decides against releasing his or her film on the day a movie on the late political leader hits theatres, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan said Friday.
The superstar, who is also a filmmaker, said producers always look for a "good date" to release their films. The 53-year-old actor added it was "normal" for producers to not release their respective movie on a date when another big film is hitting theatres.
Khan's comments came amid media reports claiming that release of two flicks 'Cheat India' and 'Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi' - was being postponed in view of a film on Thackeray making it to theatres on January 25 to avoid a clash of the three movies at the box office.
The film, 'Thackeray', is based on the Shiv Sena stalwart's life and has actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui essaying the role of the late leader.
"Every producer wants his/her film to release on a good (suitable) date...Each producer also wants (date of release of) his/her film to not clash with any other big film.
I think, there is no bigger star than Balasahab in Maharashtra," Khan said.
He made the remarks while speaking to reporters after he launched a portal (www.childobesity.in) here along with Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan.
"So, no one would want to clash with that (release of the film `Thackeray'). So, it is a normal thing. I don't think there is any surprise," he added.
Khan said it was obvious that everyone in the state would like to see the film based on Thackeray.
"So, no producer on his/her own would want to clash his film's release with that of Thackeray," he said.
Both Kangana Ranaut's 'Manikarnika' and Emraan Hashmi's 'Cheat India' will be changing their release date in order to let Thackeray release on January 25. While the Emraan Hashmi starrer will apparently be released a week early, the Rani Laxmibai biopic may have to be postponed. Turns out that Shiv Sena apparently requested the makers of these films to accommodate the release of 'Thackeray', which is based on the life of the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
(With inputs from PTI)
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