As a producer, Akshay Kumar knows the math. He’s careful while selecting the release dates for his films, As an actor-producer, he popularised the trend of choosing August 15 as a release date for at least one of his films every year. However, this year, his film Mission Mangal will release alongside his buddy, John Abraham’s Batla House.
A year ago, coincidentally, Akshay and John had clashed at the box office with Gold and Satyameva Jayate on the same date.
When asked what he makes of date clashes, Akshay told us, “We have 52 Fridays to accommodate over 200 films. Clashes are bound to happen. As for John, he’s a friend and we can both arrive on the same date at the box office.”
For years, the Khan trio has booked Eid, Diwali and Christmas much in advance for their big-ticket films, while Akshay made August 15 a popular choice. When asked if he’s losing his exclusivity over it, with filmmakers increasingly eyeing the date, he said, “I don’t think so!
If I have a film that has a certain appeal and suits a certain date, I will bring it out on that date. We had our reasons to choose August 15 as the release date for Mission Mangal because it underlines the unbelievable achievements of a bunch of Indians who have made the country proud.”
On August 15 this year, ISRO completes 50 years of establishment. “That is a mere coincidence. We didn’t know about it when we chose our release date,” says Akshay Kumar.