Salman Khan and Sajid Khan’s friendship is about to be tested. And if their relationship can withstand the box office duel remains to be seen. YRF recently announced that its production, Ek Tha Tiger, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is slated to release on June 1, 2012.
This happens to coincide with the release of Sajid Nadiadwala and Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2. While Salman and Sajid Khan’s friendship is still in safer territory, the same cannot be said for the actor and Sajid Nadiadwala, who have shared a strained relationship for some time.
The problems between Salman and Nadiadwala escalated when the actor demanded an additional Rs 5 crore from Nadiadwala to go ahead with Kick (Mumbai Mirror, April 8, 2011). Even though Nadiadwala and Salman have resolved their differences and the actor has confirmed that he will be a part of Kick (Mumbai Mirror, June 27), the latest turn of events is likely to stir up yet another storm.
A source told us, “Yash Raj Films, yesterday, announced that the Salman-Katrina starrer, Ek Tha Tiger, will be releasing on June 1. It will clash with Sajid Nadiadwala’s multistarrer Housefull 2. Nadiadwala had already announced the release date some months ago.
Nadiadwala and Salman have been friends for years and although there have been various rumours about an alleged fight between them, the fact remains that they are both thick-as-thieves.
YRF seems to have played their cards well, with the strategic move to announce the release date as June 1, especially since Nadiadwala announced that Housefull 2 would release on the same date, during this year’s world cup. They also ran promos and the media buzz about two best friends clashing at the BO will help the films.”
Another source said, “Sajid is extremely confident about his film Housefull 2 and the film boasts a huge star cast, which includes Akshay, John, Riteish, Mithunda, Rishi Kapoor, Jacqueline, Shazahn and Salman’s own close friends Asin and Zareen Khan. Salman is all set to start shooting for Nadiadwala’s film Kick, in November.
The rumours about Nadiadwala and Salman having issues over Salman’s remuneration has been spoken about extensively, but both of them have clarified that there is no truth to these rumours.”
When contacted, Nadiadwala said, “We had already announced the release date, three months ago. As far as the clashes of both the films are concerned, both of them are different films and after the IPL, the release of two big films on the same date will be very much welcomed.”