Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal is preponed to 4th August from the original release date. Since the news broke out, there have been many speculations about SRK's move.
Now the actor has revealed that they preponed the film to avoid the clash with Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet Ek Prem Katha. While talking to Hindustan Times, He said,
"I have always maintained that if possible, I would change the release dates of my films to avoid clashes. Earlier, another film was releasing on August 4, but when that one was removed from that date, we thought it’s a great weekend with the Raksha Bandhan holiday too falling then. So, we will get the benefit of the second big holiday, August 15 too."
SRK also seems to be very confident about the content of the film. His recent releases have dropped after the first weekend despite taking a good opening. However, SRK thinks that this will not be the case with his next film. He said, "I think Jab Harry Met Sajal is in the space of a long-running film; it’s not a weekend-oriented film. It’s that kind of film, since it’s a classic love story."
He also said that he has to face the most number of box office clashes. "Unfortunately, I've been one who has been sticking to his dates in the past but sometimes, it’s not possible. And honestly speaking, and it may be wrong for me to say it, but our films do have a big capacity. It requires 3000-4000 screens but if my film clashes with another one, the capacity of my film gets reduced to say 2000 screens. So, you end up running to low capacity.
"Yes, whenever my film releases with another one, I've always gone to people, but mostly people don’t agree. This time, I had the choice, & since August 4 is a fantastic date, we took a decision and moved to the date. We made the communication on Friday since we had to be clear with the first look as well as our date. I think everybody is happy to do it. I hope this makes everyone feel that there is an alternate date. Otherwise, sometimes, if there is no alternate, you get stuck and I have been in that situation before."
Even for Kaabil and Raees, Hrithik and I had sat down to discuss. But things are absolutely alright between us and it was unfortunate that we couldn’t avoid that, and released our films [on the same day].” the actor said.