Salman Khan to give Eid a miss this year
Darling of the masses, Salman Khan has had a film release over Eid every year for the past four years - Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard and Ek Tha Tiger, all of which smashed records at the box office. But this year, he’ll take a step back and let Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express and Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again clash at ticket windows instead.
"I am presuming that they (fans) would have liked to release Mental on Eid. It's not that they have not thought about it, but the practicality of coming on Eid may have been an issue. For his (Salman's) film to come on Eid, he should have started as early as January. But they started sometime in March. So it became difficult," said younger brother Arbaaz Khan to IANS.
Arbaaz, who turned to direction with Dabangg 2 that also starred his brother Salman, says it is not advisable to make a film hastily.
"There is no need to do a rush job on any film. The stakes are too high, the expectations are too high. So, no need to get fixated because a Salman Khan-starrer is a Salman Khan-starrer. You may miss one day in a year, but there is at least four or five dates which are equally exciting. So you can pick and choose those dates and make that into an event," added the 45-year-old.
Mental is directed by the youngest of the Khan brothers, Sohail and stars Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Sana Khan, Tabu and Ashmit Patel.