Mumbai, Feb. 4 -- This year, the Christmas weekend has become a must have slot for several film-makers. Among those who want to release their films during the end-of-year festive period are Anurag Kashyap with Bombay Velvet (BV) and Aamir Khan with P.K.
Now, it's set to become a three-way clash with Anees Bazmee looking to release Welcome Back (WB) at the same time too.
With the makers of WB refuting a possible change in release date, the father-son duo of Naseeruddin Shah and Vivaan Shah is set to clash at the box office. While Naseer stars in WB, the sequel to Welcome (2007), Vivaan is a part of the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer, BV.
Speaking about his release plans, Bazmee says, "You tell me which weekend we should move to and we will do that. What do we do? There's hardly any open weekend left in 2014. So we have no option. Even Welcome had released on the Christmas weekend in 2007." At that time, the comedy had clashed with Aamir Khan's directorial debut, Taare Zameen Par.
Talk in the trade circle is that the makers of BV are reluctant to shift their release date. On the other hand, Aamir and the producers of P.K. are mulling the possibility of a December 19 or 20 release. Maneesh Sharma's Fan was earlier supposed to release that weekend, but the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer is unlikely to keep its date. An insider adds, "Not many have noticed, but Dhoom:3 (2013) also came out on December 20. But let's see what Aamir, Hirani (Rajkumar; director and coproducer) and others decide."