By Hindustan Times
It’s been a blockbuster Diwali for Shah Rukh Khan down the decades thanks to Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004), Don (2006), Om Shanti Om (2007) and last year, RA.One.
The Badshah has also reigned during Christmas with hits like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Rab Ne Bana De Jodi (2008) and lately, Don 2 (2011) that is reportedly marching towards the Rs 100 crore mark. But this is the first time he has laid claim to Eid, after Wanted (2009), Dabbangg (2010) and Bodyguard (2011) made it Salman Khan’s festival date. Reportedly, he has locked on Eid 2014 as the release date of his Rohit Shetty-directed romcom, Chennai Express.
“The date was announced by the media,” says the amused star. “We’re still working on the script. The first half has been locked, but we have yet to sit in on the second half. I’ve been so busy with RA.One and Don 2, I just haven’t had the time. At the moment, we don’t even know when we are starting the film, so it’s unlikely that we’d know when we are finishing and releasing it.”
Shah Rukh points out that while he is working on just one movie this year, Yash Chopra’s next with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, which, being a love story, wouldn’t require too much time from him, Rohit is a busy director. “He has to be free. May be we can start Chennai Express after Bol Bachchan, if he wants to. I never put pressure on my directors. It’s a big film, but we could finish and release it this year or early next year. Why would we wait until Eid 2014?” he questions.
Point out that maybe he wants to crash Salman’s Eid party, and Shah Rukh retorts, “I am not fighting with any other Khan. And I’m not a part of any media-generated controversy.”