There’s a potential new clash looming between Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan.
The pair is already due to go head-to-head on India’s Republic Day next year (January 26) with Raees and Kaabil, respectively. Now there looks to be another holiday face-off on deck for 2018. SRK recently announced an untitled film from director Aanand L Rai for Christmas 2018. Today, word is that Roshan will reprise his role as Indian superhero Krrish in Krrish 4 — which is also eyeing Christmas 2018.
This release date jockeying is becoming increasingly common as the top Bollywood stars, who create global events with each film, stake out prime holidays to maximize the home audience and the diaspora. But they don’t always stick. A planned July 2016 duel between Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Salman Khan’s Sultan made headlines only to see SRK move off of that summer Eid holiday in favour of the upcoming January 26 release. Sultan has gone on to be Khan’s No. 2 biggest hit ever with about $88M worldwide.
Roshan doesn’t have a film in the Top 10 worldwide Bollywood grossers like the two Khans mentioned above, although he had a big hit with Fox’s 2014 Knight And Day remake Bang Bang. And he’s got a sizable international fanbase — 15M Twitter followers to SK’s 19.4M and SRK’s 21.2M. What’s more, the Krrish franchise is among India’s most successful. The last film grossed $37M in India and was the No. 2 movie of 2013; it picked up a solid $2.2M in the U.S. (Eros released that one and Yash Raj the two previous installments). The series is directed, produced and written by Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan. Priyanka Chopra co-starred in the last two Krrish movies which are a mash-up of superhero action, sci-fi and romance.
Indian media has been abuzz since Roshan tweeted the below with a picture of the Hindu Lord Ganesha dressed as Krrish: Another epic box office clash is looming. This time it will be between Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 4 and Shah Rukh’s Raees.
Hrithik’s Mohenjo Daro is reeling from the clash with Rustom and we will be watching how these clashes are going to be.
The fourth sequel to Krrish starring Hrithik Roshan all set to begin shooting. Krrish 3, directed by Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan was a hit and also paired Kangana Ranaut with Hrithik’s world-saving hero.
Hrithik tweeted on September 14. “Ganpati blessings for KRRISH4 :)) hope everyone is enjoying the festivities. Love to all.”
Hrithik’s father — director-producer Rakesh Roshan — confirmed the news. Speaking to a daily, he said, “When my wife showed me Bappa’s picture, it reaffirmed my belief that Krrish is the original superhero we have. It boosted my confidence and inspired me to make the fourth instalment. Ganesha is also called the God of Auspicious beginnings. I guess this was his way of saying that we have his blessings for Krrish 4.”
Ganpati blessings for KRRISH4 :)) hope everyone is enjoying the festivities. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/g2g8K489AO— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) September 14, 2016— Red Chillies Ent. (@RedChilliesEnt) August 30, 2016. – CINEWS