The Republic Day weekend in 2019 will see four films releasing on the same day.
The face-off between Kangana Ranaut’s “Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi” and Hrithik Roshan’s “Super 30” has got more intense with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s “Thackeray” and Emraan Hashmi’s “Cheat India” joining the fray. None of the makers are ready to back off and let go of the profit weekend. Thackeray, the biopic on Balasaheb Thackeray, will get a three-day jump over the other contenders as it releases on January 23 (the Shiv Sena supremo’s birthday).
If you take a look at the Republic-Day releases over the last two years, it’s evident why makers have developed a liking for this weekend. In 2017, Raees and Kaabil clashed at the Box Office on this date. However, both films did well. This year, Padmaavat hit the screens on January 26. While Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man and Neeraj Pandey directorial Aiyaary were earlier slated to open in cinemas on this date, they decided to avoid a clash and moved to the forthcoming weekends. Meanwhile, Padmaavat went on to become one of the highest grossers of 2018.
While Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi, which is backed by Zee Studios, focusses on Rani Laxmibai’s story,
Super 30 is inspired by mathematician Anand Kumar’s initiative for lesser-privileged children. With Thackeray’s birthday on January 23, producer Sanjay Raut, in a recent interview, stated that he is ready to face the competition.
Cheat India is about the education scams that have taken place in the country. When asked about choosing this already-crowded weekend, its producer Tanuj Garg says, “For us, it’s a great national holiday weekend. Our film’s theme and title lent itself to this particular weekend. So, it’s only organic for us to come out with our movie on this date. From the overall monetary perspective, too, it makes more business sense for us to release it on the Republic Day weekend.”
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